Veterinary Medicines and Medicated Feed

Veterinary Medicines and Medicated Feed

In September 2014, the European Commission adopted a pair of proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed. The proposal on veterinary medicinal products aims in particular to make more medicines available in the EU to treat and prevent diseases in animals.The proposal on the modernisation of medicated feed legislation now includes feed for pets in its scope.

Veterinary Medicinal Products

The current licensing system for veterinary medicines in Europe may be rigorous, but it is also complex and a lack of alignment between Member States implementing the legislation can add bureaucracy and lead to inefficiencies. The EU therefore cannot currently be described as having a ‘single market’ for veterinary medicines. This is of concern because the availability of safe, efficacious veterinary medicines across all EU Member States is vital to protecting both animal health and public health.

We are calling for:

  • The introduction of a true single market for veterinary medicines. A more efficient regulatory process will not only improve the availability of medicines to protect animal health but it will contribute to public health.

Medicated Feed

The proposal for a new Regulation on medicated feed explicitly includes permission to use medicated feed for pet animals. We believe that further research is needed to demonstrate that treatment of dogs and cats with medicated feed can be beneficial to health and welfare, with minimal risks.

We are calling for:

  • Dogs and cats to be excluded from the scope of the proposed Regulation on Medicated Feed at this time. However, it should be possible to introduce secondary legislation to permit the use of medicated feed for dogs and cats, under clearly defined conditions, should future research support this.

To read our position on Medicated Feed, click here.