The RCVS would like to remind veterinary practices that their premises registrations need to be renewed on, or before, April 1.

The RCVS would like to remind veterinary practices that their premises registrations need to be renewed on, or before, April 1.

MedicinesAs of April 1, 2009, vets in practice are required to supply veterinary medicines only from practice premises that are on the RCVS Register of Veterinary Practice Premises.Suitably qualified persons (SQPs) – which include some veterinary nurses – can legally supply medicines only from approved premises, such as those on the RCVS register.
 
The RCVS holds the register on behalf of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
 
RCVS head of registration Christine Fraser said: “The legal requirement for veterinary surgeons was brought in through the implementation of the 2008 Veterinary Medicines Regulations. Under these regulations, although anyone can administer the paperwork, vets need personally to check that the premises from which they supply medicines have been registered.”

She also reminds vets that, if a practice moves location, an application to register the new premises needs to be made as premises registrations cannot be relocated. However, she added: “You can transfer an existing registration of the premises to a new owner though – if you notify us.”

There is a £40 fee to register or renew the registration of premises, and premises will be subject to medicines inspections every four years, at a cost of £250 per premises. For Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) practices, the costs of registering practice premises and routine medicines inspections are included in the annual PSS fees for fully accredited practices.

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