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Mongolia planning to assess national antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance system


A mission will take place in Mongolia from 20 to 27 June, 2022 to assess the national antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance system in the food and agriculture sectors. This activity is part of the new AMR Codex Texts (ACT) project “Implementation of Codex standards to support containment and reduction of foodborne antimicrobial resistance”, supported by the Government of Korea.

FAO has developed the “FAO Assessment Tool for Laboratories and Antimicrobial resistance Surveillance Systems (FAO-ATLASS)“ in order to support countries in assessing and improving their national AMR surveillance system in the food and agriculture sectors, which will be used as a key tool during this mission.

Codex ACT Mongolia

Meeting with Tsenkher sub-province Head of agri-food section

As part of their preparations, the ACT project manager in Mongolia, Jargalmaa Radnaabazar, met with different stakeholders to introduce the ACT project, its goal and objectives, visited laboratories to conduct the ATLASS pre-questionnaire, interviews, group discussions and select the Arkhangai ATLASS focal point for the training in Ulaanbaatar. Discussions confirmed that the food safety and AMR standards strategy of Mongolia is in line with the purpose of the ACT project and there are many possibilities for collaboration. Stakeholders noted to need to plan awareness-raising activities for agri-food specialists, as well as for herders and farmers; there is also a need to improve laboratory capacities.

Codex ACT Mongolia

Visit to Undur-Ulaan sub-province lab

The ATLASS mission in Mongolia consists of four parts:

  • Training the specialists from Ulaanbaatar and three provincial laboratories
  • Workshop on ATLASS methodology with relevant stakeholders from the agri-food sector
  • Assessment of the regional laboratory in Tuv province
  • Workshop to introduce the results, findings and provide recommendations

The new AMR Codex Texts (ACT) project will help with the implementation of Codex standards globally and locally, especially those related to the containment and reduction of foodborne AMR as well as monitoring and surveillance. The project will lead to better management of foodborne AMR in six focus countries in Asia and South America: Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Mongolia, Nepal and Pakistan. By improving access to international markets and protecting consumers against the risks of AMR, the project will contribute to more inclusive, safe and efficient food systems. Results will then be used to plan effective interventions to promote the adoption of Codex standards in other countries.


Learn more

AMR ACT project information web page

Photo credit © FAO/Jargalmaa Radnaabazar