THE government has introduced new post-Brexit legislation detailing the regulation of veterinary medicines in the UK.

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 set out the controls on the marketing, manufacture, distribution, possession, and administration of veterinary medicines and medicated feed.

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The new regulations seek to reduce regulatory burden and facilitate the submission of one marketing authorisation application dossier to enable common packaging to be used across the UK, the government said.

Other changes include the introduction of measures to help tackle antimicrobial resistance by increasing restrictions on the use of antibiotics and antibiotics administered via feed.


Abi Seager, Veterinary Medicine Directorate chief executive, said: “I am delighted that this much-anticipated legislation has been brought to Parliament.

“I would like to thank Lord Douglas-Miller for his input, and our stakeholders for helping to shape our thinking, both in responses to our consultation and through other contributions.

“We eagerly await parliamentarians discussing our proposals, and we hope they support these much-needed changes.”