Sanitel-Med

General

The Sanitel-Med system is owned and financed by the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products. The system is operational since mid-2016; however, legal obligation (RD 2017/20207) to use it commenced early 2017, and accounts for pig farms, veal calf farms, broiler farms and laying hens. In addition to the sectors obliged to register their AMU, the dairy and beef sector can use it voluntarily.        

Data collection

Animal subcategories: There are five categories in pigs: sows, finishers, gilts, weaners and sucklers. Data input can be automatic (software-to-software) or manual.
Input: The veterinarians are legally obliged to report AMU: they have to register what they prescribe, deliver at the farms or dispense to the animals. The farmers can check and validate the registrations but can also wait for automatic validation at the data-lock points, at each quarter of a year. The farmers have the authority to change all registration data in Sanitel-Med relevant for their farm.
Sanitel-Med is linked to SANITEL, a database used for epidemiological surveillance and owned by the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain. From SANITEL, the farm capacity numbers are extracted to be used in the analysis of the AMU (population at risk).
In addition of antibiotics, data on the usage of ZnO, authorised for prevention of diarrhoea in weaners, need to be registered. 

Analysis

Similar as in AB Register, the BD100 is calculated as the indicator at farm level, using standard weights proposed by EMA[1] as well. Also veterinarians will be benchmarked but an indicator still needs to be established.

Benchmarking

Farms are benchmarked per weight category in a similar way as in AB Register (frequency twice/year, window of one year, P50 and P90 defining threshold values) but with the benchmark population situated at national level.

Reporting

Farmers receive their benchmarking report 2x/year. Reports are made mutually available for the involved farmers and vets. In addition to farm-level communication, general results of Sanitel-Med are presented at various (inter)national events (e.g. conferences, workshops, study days, press conferences, etc.).

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