European Antibiotic Awareness Day

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is a Europe-wide campaign held each year on 18th November. EAAD began in 2008 and since 2015 has formed part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

We lead activities in Scotland to support EAAD and work closely with colleagues in Public Health England to raise awareness amongst health and care staff, patients and the public about the need to use antibiotics more wisely to stop antimicrobial resistance.

Find out more about antimicrobial resistance in this film created by our colleagues at Antimicrobial Action for EAAD 2016.

Additional resources

In 2017 we again supported the Antibiotic Guardian Campaign led by Public Health England (PHE). The campaign encourages members of the public and healthcare professionals to make a pledge about how they personally will use antibiotics more prudently, and become Antibiotic Guardians. We developed NHSScotland versions of the Antibiotic Guardian resources to support this aim. We also created a new “Keep Antibiotics Working” poster, leaflet and colouring in sheets. These were used in hospital and community settings and featured as the Community Pharmacy Public Heath campaign in the two months preceding EAAD.


Older materials and leaflets in other languages are available on request.