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European Parliament shows strong support for the responsible use of veterinary medicines

  • March 11, 2016
  • Brussels, 11 March 2016 – EPRUMA welcomes the European Parliament’s vote of yesterday on the proposal for a Regulation on veterinary medicinal products, which recognises that the responsible use of veterinary medicines goes hand in hand with good animal husbandry. EPRUMA partners will continue to advance their common agenda to increase awareness, understanding and implementation of the best animal health practices including responsible use across the EU for the benefit of animal health and welfare, as well as public health.

    According to EPRUMA, the responsible use of veterinary medicines is based on a holistic approach of minimising disease. This includes a wide choice of tools such as biosecurity, good housing and ventilation, good hygiene, appropriate nutrition and robust animals, regular monitoring of animal health and welfare, animal health planning, use of diagnostics, vaccination and using and maintaining the pharmacovigilance system when necessary, as well as the use of veterinary medicines, as required by law. Since 2005 EPRUMA has worked collectively to ensure that all veterinary medicines including antibiotics are used responsibly, i.e. under veterinary care, according to licensing conditions, and with diagnostics guiding the antibiotic choice as much as possible.

    EPRUMA firmly believes that antibiotics should be used ‘As little as possible, as much as necessary’ and recently published an updated version of its ‘Best-practice framework for the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals’ providing recommendations to ensure good animal health and welfare. This is available on www.epruma.eu.

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