The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 11 February 2022

WHO Collaborating Centre for antimicrobial resistance containment

The government of Sweden and the Public Health Agency are actively supporting WHO in the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. An important cornerstone is the collection and use of data of both antibiotic use and resistance for local and global action. The Unit for Antibiotics and Infection Control at the Public Health Agency is a designated WHO Collaborating Centre since 2016.

Global collaboration is fundamental in the work to contain further spread of resistant organisms and contributes to the understanding of the global impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on public health, economy and entire societies. In 2015 the Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System (GLASS) was launched by WHO to promote “a standardized approach to the collection, analysis and sharing of AMR data at a global level”. Recently, global surveillance on antimicrobial consumption and use has been incorporated into GLASS. 

The Public Health Agency is a key player in this work and is collaboration with national and international partners. The Collaborating Centre is also member of the WHO Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance and Quality Assessment Collaborating Centres Network, in support to the implementation of GLASS in Member States.

WHO AMR Surveillance and Quality Assessment Collaborating Centres Network (WHO.int)

Activities on global to local level

The Centre supports WHO in the development of strategies to contain AMR globally, promotes Member State commitment to local, national and global surveillance, and contributes to building technical and human capacity.

Specifically, the Centre provides support to WHO in:

  • Activities to strengthen Member States’ national capacity for AMR and AMU surveillance and contribution to the Global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system (GLASS). Including through capacity building activities and capacity assessments
  • The continuous development and implementation of the Global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system (GLASS). In support also to WHO networks.
  • The implementation of integrated AMR and AMU activities in healthcare facilities. With focus on antimicrobial stewardship, including use and feedback of surveillance data.

Together with the Swedish government, the Centre has hosted several high-level WHO meetings on GLASS. During 2020 and 2021 they co-hosted the 3rd High Level Technical Consultation and Meeting on Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance and Use for Concerted Actions.

Sweden is also an active member of the Global Health Security Agenda, an initiative for a multilateral and multi-sectorial approach to strengthen both the global capacity and nations' capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases threats. Nearly 50 nations, international organizations, and non-governmental stakeholders are involved, and the Public Health Agency is active in the work within the AMR Action Package, one of eleven packages and all with five-year targets.