RUMA delighted to see The Veterinary Medicines Regulations come into force; an important piece of legislation that will further protect and improve animal health and welfare in the UK

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMRs) have come into force today – Friday 17th May.

RUMA Chair, Cat McLaughlin, says: “RUMA welcomes the updated legislation. We look forward to continued collaboration with the VMD as they work with industry to implement the new rules in this important next chapter for animal health and welfare.

“The VMRs are a vital piece of legislation to which a number of important amendments have been made; changes which will bring many benefits to the regulatory environment for veterinary medicines and help continue to drive forward the UK’s position as a leader in the responsible use of medicines.

“The new legislation, coupled with the recent release of the National Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance, all demonstrates the ongoing commitment in place to protect people and animals from the risk of drug-resistant infections.”

The regulation is supported by a number of guidance notes aimed at providing more detail for practitioners on the implementation of the new rules. VMD will update its guidance documents on the website to reflect the new Regulations. Useful links:

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