26 Nov 2018
NEW RULES FOR VETERINEARY MEDICINAL PRODUCTS ADOPTED – 26 NOVEMBERBrussels
Adoption of new rules for veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed
Today, the Council adopted the Regulations on the veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed. The European Parliament had already approved the texts on 25 October 2018 with a very large support. Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “Today’s endorsement by EU ministers of a new legislation on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed marks a major step forward in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. It has been a priority since the beginning of my mandate given that, in the EU, the majority of antimicrobials are consumed in animals. I am convinced that the legislation will have a major impact in Europe, but also on a global stage since the EU proves itself as a leader in the battle against antimicrobial resistance.” The new legislations will help provide for a modern, innovative and fit for purpose legal framework on veterinary medicinal products; give incentives to stimulate innovation; increase the availability of veterinary medicinal products; strengthen the EU action to fight antimicrobial resistance; ensure economically-viable production of safe medicated feed throughout the EU; foster innovation in medicated feed. Following the co-signature by the President of the European Parliament and the Austrian Presidency of the Council the text will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and enter into force twenty days later. More information is available in the MEMO.