From April 1, it will be illegal for veterinary surgeons to supplymedicines from any practice premises that are not registeredfor this purpose, regardless of whether they are in the PracticeStandards Scheme (PSS).

According to the RCVS, a number of PSS-accredited practices have not yet recognised the requirement for separate registration of their premises for the purposes of handling medicines.

Premises already accredited under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme will not besubject to routine medicines inspections from the VMD – but they must still be registered on the Register ofVeterinary Practice Premises. Practice details will not be automatically transferred and it is necessary to confirm the details of the individual premises to be registered: this is the responsibility of the veterinary surgeons who work in those premises.

The college has written to all members of the scheme to point out the requirement and the deadline for registration is April 1.

For those premises already accredited under the standards scheme, their annual PSS fees include the medicines registration fee of £40 (if they are registered). Premises that have joined the scheme but have not yet been accredited are not subject to annual PSS fees and are therefore required to pay the £40 medicines registration fee.

Application forms for registration can be downloaded from RCVSonline .

If you wish to know whether your particular premises are yet to be registered, first please check within the practice team, and if you are still unsure, please email , stating the full address of the premises, including the postcode. Please do not telephone to make this type of enquiry.

All other enquiries from PSS members should be directed to Ashley Doorly on 020 7202 0767, and for other premises, please contact Judith Hylton on 020 7202 0707.

Those attending the BSAVA Congress on April 4 are welcome to attend the joint RCVS/Veterinary Medicines Directorate Masterclass, “An Inspector Calls, are you ready?” which will consider the requirements of both the Veterinary Medicines Regulations and the medicines section of the PSS.

The event, which starts at 10am, is free to BSAVA pass-holders. Contact Fiona Harcourt on 020 7202 0773 or to register your place.

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