The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has launched the public consultation on the proposed revision to the Veterinary Medicines Regulations, as they apply in Great Britain.
The consultation sets out proposals which will ensure that the Regulations continue to be fit-for-purpose, with regulatory requirements that reflect developments in the industry and reduce regulatory burden where possible.
Improved clarity and consistency in the Regulations will create more certainty for those involved in the health and welfare of animals.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate invites anyone with an interest to share their views on the proposals to enable proportionate and appropriate regulation.
The closing date for responses is March 31, 2023.
Lord Benyon, Minister for Biosecurity, Marine and Rural Affairs, said: “I am delighted that we are today launching a consultation to invite views on our detailed proposals to strengthen the regulations around veterinary medicines, to support this country continuing to be a world leader in animal health and welfare.
“These proposals modernise the Veterinary Medicines Regulations and include new measures to help tackle antimicrobial resistance which will contribute to delivering UK’s five-year national action plan.
Abi Seager, VMD’s CEO said: “I am pleased to announce the launch of this consultation. As a key regulatory tool, these proposals will enable the realisation of opportunities that independent regulation carries.
“We have listened to the views of our stakeholders over the last few years and the resulting proposals aim to reduce regulatory burden, bring clarity and deliver regulation which balances the international supply landscape with our own national requirements.”