With ARS - Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance in Germany - the infrastructure for a nationwide surveillance of antimicrobial resistance has been established, which covers both the inpatient medical care and the ambulatory care sector. This is intended to reliable data on the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance in Germany and differential statements provided by structural features of the health care and by region are possible. ARS is designed as a laboratory-based surveillance system for continuous collection of resistance data from routine for the full range of clinically relevant bacterial pathogens. Project participants and thus data suppliers are laboratories that analyze samples of medical facilities and doctors' offices microbiologically.
ARS as a national surveillance network is a cooperation partner of the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) relevant to EARS-Net resistance data are forwarded by the Robert Koch Institute to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)