NOAH welcomes government’s commitment to animal health and welfare

NOAH has welcomed the commitment to parliamentary time to amend the Veterinary Medicines Regulations in the Queen’s Speech. The association is pleased to see the strong support for animal welfare and UK science.

Dawn Howard, NOAH’s chief executive, said: “EU Exit means that a robust, sensible and proportionate UK regulatory system, firmly based on internationally recognised science and technical expertise, is more important than ever.

“We have emphasised that parliamentary time will be needed to review the veterinary medicines legislation and help ensure opportunities that EU Exit may present come to fruition, and are pleased to see this has been specifically included within the Medical and Medical Devices Bill.”

As the animal health sector evolves, NOAH said it welcomes the commitment to develop regulatory approaches and the strong commitment to science and innovation the Queen’s Speech spells out.

Ms Howard said: “The UK is in a strong position to be a global centre of excellence for animal medicines – part of any leading life sciences global hub, supporting both cutting edge product developments and a regulatory model to benefit our national and international trade. Our priority is a vibrant and innovative UK animal health sector, encouraging the development of new and improved animal health products and services.

“We are also pleased to see that the importance of animal welfare is included in the new Government’s plans within both the Agriculture and the Environment Bills. Improved animal health is, of course, integral to improved animal welfare.”

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