Animal health organisations have welcomed new legislation on veterinary medicines and medicated feed published by the European Commission.

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and the International Federation for Animal Health Europe (IFAH) both responded positively to the news from Brussels yesterday (September 10).

Exact details of the regulations have not yet been released to the press as the final text must be negotiated and agreed on by the European Parliament and the European Council. But the stated objectives of the revised legislation are to improve the functioning of the internal veterinary medicine market, stimulate more investment in new veterinary medicines and reduce the administrative burden imposed on manufacturers and regulatory authorities through compliance.

NOAH chief executive Phil Sketchley said: “NOAH will be looking at the detail of the texts in the coming days and weeks, and reviewing their potential impact. We look forward to working with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, which have called stakeholder workshops to examine the texts. We will also be supporting our European federation IFAH-Europe as they work determinedly with the European institutions over the coming years to support the commission’s vision for a more efficient regulatory system for veterinary medicines in Europe.

“We believe the value our industry brings to society is very high, despite being quite a small sector. For example, veterinary medicines benefit public health by preventing zoonotic disease and supporting food security.”

IFAH also released a statement: “IFAH-Europe will work determinedly with the European institutions over the coming years to support the commission’s vision for a more efficient regulatory system for veterinary medicines in Europe”, Rick Clayton continued.

“The value our industry brings to society is very high, despite being quite a small sector. For example, veterinary medicines benefit public health by preventing zoonotic disease and supporting food security. We urgently need greater efficiencies to cut the red tape for our industry. We look forward to a streamlined registration process that delivers a single European marketing authorisation for all veterinary medicines.”

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