Aims of contributes to regional and national control of antibiotic resistance in Switzerland and has therefore a significant public health impact.

a. Up-to-date antibiotic resistance data at a national and regional level can be obtained through a public website. Important resistance trends are interpreted by experts for infectious diseases, infection control and microbiology. This information will guide physicians in hospitals and ambulatory care during the choice of empiric antibiotic therapy and will reduce unnecessary prescriptions of (broad-spectrum) antibiotics.
b. data allow for estimating the national burden of antibiotic resistance.
c. can announce regional and national resistance trends and changes in antibiotic consumption, so that early control measures can be implemented.
d. can evaluate the efficiency of control measures.
e. collaborates with surveillance programs in the veterinary and environmental fields in order to ensure a comprehensive approach to resistance control.
f. provides Swiss data on antibiotic resistance and consumption to European surveillance programs (EARSS, ESAC) and other international projects (example project BURDEN) in order to contribute to international control of antibiotic resistance.
g. Knowledge gained from research projects will contribute to a better understanding of antibiotic resistance and its determinants.