1st September 2022

We are delighted to announce the official launch of GAMSAS, our new global accreditation scheme developed by BSAC and led by experts in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) that will help tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Under the guidance of Programme Manager Dr Jacqueline Sneddon, the scheme will review, mentor and accredit hospital AMS programmes through a standards-based process and aims to establish Centres of Excellence around the world to support the spread of effective AMS.

As the recent Gram Report makes clear, AMR is now one of the world’s leading causes of death, associated with around 5 million deaths every year. Overuse and misuse of antimicrobials is the key driver of AMR and the implementation of robust AMS programmes is recognised as an important gap in ensuring prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials. While National Action Plans globally call out a requirement for AMS, in many settings this has not translated into action and a global collaborative approach is needed for progress to be achieved.

By supporting healthcare organizations to build and sustain robust and measurable AMS programmes including support to enable them to contribute to local, national, and global data collection/surveillance, GAMSAS strives for a joined-up approach to stewardship around the world, raising standards, sharing best practice, and facilitating mentorship between communities, as Dr David Jenkins, President of BSAC, explains:

“Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is a collection of evidence-based tools that helps keep antimicrobial resistance at bay. AMS ensures best treatment for infected patients now and keeps antibiotics working for future patients. Accreditation is another evidence-based discipline that measures and drives up quality of healthcare.

The BSAC GAMSAS is the first global scheme to combine these two methodologies to focus on antimicrobial prescribing. Our approach aims to support healthcare organisations throughout the world by recognising their current good practice, identifying areas for improvement and supporting education and training to help them make substantial progress, regardless of current levels of resources.

While this may seem an ambitious undertaking, BSAC is a learned society with over 50 years of experience in promoting best antimicrobial prescribing practice, and I am confident that the GAMSAS will be a ground-breaking success. I look forward to hospitals around the world joining GAMSAS so we can work together to keep antibiotics working and save patient lives.”

Interested in your hospital becoming accredited? Our initial call for applicants is now open until 31st October 2022. You can find out more, and apply, at the GAMSAS website

 

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