This quality standard covers the effective use of antimicrobial medicines (including antibiotics) to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance, which is when antimicrobial medicines lose their effectiveness. It covers all settings and all types of antimicrobials for treating bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.