Veterinary medicines are licensed.
A licence means that veterinary medicines only reach the marketplace once their safety, quality and efficacy are clearly demonstrated, and after review by the relevant authorities.
Each EU Member State has its own independent regulatory authority, which performs independent scientific evaluations of veterinary medicines. Additionally, the European Medicines Agency, based in London, is a pan-EU regulatory agency for human and veterinary medicines.
The registration requirements for all EU Member States have been harmonised. However, some medicines are only needed in certain Member States due to the geographical location of certain diseases or to climate conditions.
The system is therefore flexible and includes four different routes through which a licence can be obtained:
On European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2016) EPRUMA's Chairman, Rens van Dobbenburgh, pledges to
EPRUMA declaration on 'Our 7 commitments to the responsible use of veterinary medicines': signed in Brussels
A fact sheet explaining the Responsible Use of medicines in animals, as well as EPRUMA's role and objectives.