Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden collaborated within the framework of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) to share lessons from the early implementation of GLASS.

At the World Health Assembly 2015, the WHO Member States adopted a resolution on a Global Action Plan to contain antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Among the five strategic objectives in the plan, one is to increase knowledge and evidence through surveillance. For this purpose a harmonized global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system (GLASS) was developed by the WHO and launched for enrolment in 2016.

The aim of NorthernGLASS was to collect feedback on the supportive material for early implementation of GLASS developed by the WHO, and on the countries' process during 2016 of the early implementation of the surveillance system as such.