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The role of veterinary medicine regulatory agencies

Author(s) : M.V. Smith

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An effective animal medicine regulatory programme includes a systematic, evidence-based means of documenting the safety and effectiveness of products before they are produced, marketed or used in a particular country or region. The programme must also include adequate monitoring and controls over the use of these substances. It is clear that such programmes provide veterinarians, farmers and other animal medicine users with greater assurance that veterinary drugs and biologicals will be safe and effective in preventing and mitigating disease. It is important that these regulatory controls include programmes to ensure that human food obtained from treated animals is safe and that all potential toxicological and microbiological hazards that may be associated with the use of veterinary medicines have been adequately evaluated.

Adverse event reporting – Antimicrobial resistance – Codex Alimentarius – Compliance programmes – Drug residue safety – Food-producing animals – Human food safety – International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products – OIE Focal Points for Veterinary Products – Pre-market approval – Veterinary medicines (drugs and biologicals) – VICH.

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