Veterinary medicines inch towards a single market

A single European market for veterinary medicines is unlikely to be in place before 2017, delegates heard at the TOPRA Veterinary Symposium in Lisbon, organised in conjunction with Direcção-Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária (DGAV).

However, the consultations with stakeholders are complete and the Commission has all of the information necessary to draft its proposal for the new legislation regulating veterinary medicinal products in the EU.

Martinus Nagtzaam, who gave an audio update from his office in the European Commission in Brussels, confirmed that the Commission proposal for revised legislation should be released by the end of 2013.

During the session, it became clear that the European Parliament would not be able to review the proposals before the elections due in May 2014, pushing back the possible implementation date to 2017.

On a positive note, the impact assessment linked to the proposals has been reviewed and approved by Commission’s Impact Assessment Board, so the proposal for the new legislation is now going to the Commission’s inter-service consultation. The Commission intends for the programme of new legislation to address the criticisms levelled at the current regulation’s problems. Therefore, the new laws will improve the availability of veterinary medicines, favour innovation, reduce the administrative burden, simplify requirements for packaging and labelling and, above all, complete the long-awaited single market for veterinary medicines.

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