Veterinary Medicine: Drugs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Black of Brentwood Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made to enable veterinary medicines authorised for veterinary use by regulators in an EU Member State to be used in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Photo of Lord Black of Brentwood Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional checks, if any, will be required on veterinary medicines which have been authorised for veterinary use by regulators in an EU Member State to be used in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government has robust plans in place to ensure the highest standards of regulation in the event of a ‘no deal’. We are working with the animal medicines industry to ensure that supplies of veterinary medicines remain available in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

There is an existing scheme where vets can apply to import veterinary medicines authorised in another country, including EU Member States. This scheme will remain in the event of a no-deal situation.

In future, veterinary medicines authorised by the European Commission (centrally authorised) will not automatically be valid in the UK if we leave the EU without a deal. However, The Government will bring forward secondary legislation to convert all existing centrally authorised products into nationally authorised products on the day we leave the EU. This means that the products can remain on the market for sale and supply in their existing packaging.

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