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On this page, you will find information on the Agency’s activities, including news and events, that are most relevant to Animal health professionals and users of veterinary medicines such as pet owners.

You can contribute to the Agency’s work by responding to public consultations

Learn more about the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) and its role regarding medicines for veterinary use.

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  • brexit

    Brexit preparations

    On 31 May 2017, EMA published a Q&A providing further detail on location of establishment, following a notice to marketing authorisation holders of centrally authorised medicines to remind them of their legal obligations in preparation for Brexit. For more information, see UK’s withdrawal from EU.

  • Veterinary medicines highlights 2016

    EMA has released an overview of its key recommendations in 2016 on the authorisation of new veterinary medicines and the safety monitoring of authorised medicines. EMA recommended 11 veterinary medicines for marketing authorisation.This includes recommendations for 6 new active substances.

  • Vaccines against epizootic diseases

    The EMA Management Board agreed financial incentives to support the availability of veterinary vaccines against certain epizootic diseases, such as bluetongue and foot and mouth disease, by waiving maintenance fees in the absence of sales and when specified criteria are met. See page 43 of the explanatory note on fees payable to the Agency. This initiative supports the principle of “prevention is better than cure” outlined in the European Commission’s Animal Health Strategy (2007-2013).

  • Finding Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs)

    A maximum residue limit (MRL) is the maximum acceptable concentration of an active substance that may be found in a food product obtained from an animal that has received a veterinary medicine. You can search or browse by substance for information on specific MRLs.

  • Antimicrobial resistance

    The Agency works with its partners to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance in the European Union.

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Events of interest

  • 22/06/2017 - 23/06/2017

    EMA

    Focus group with invited stakeholders on field efficacy trials in the context of an EU authorisation for veterinary vaccines

    The Agency is organising a Focus group meeting with invited stakeholders on field efficacy trials in the context of an EU authorisation for veterinary vaccines. The scope of the meeting is to explore the specific challenges faced by industry in performing field trials to support efficacy claims in the context of an EU authorisation for veterinary vaccines and how these challenges might be overcome whilst still obtaining adequate assurances of the expected efficacy of a vaccine under field conditions. The focus group meeting is within the scope of the HMA Network Strategy on availability for veterinary vaccines that aims to increase their availability by ensuring efficient and effective cooperation between all stakeholders. ... Read more

  • 23/11/2016

    EMA

    Focus group on promotion of pharmacovigilance for food producing animals

    This ad-hoc focus group meeting convened veterinary pharmacovigilance regulators, PhVWP-V interested parties and practising veterinarians to consider and develop aspects for encouraging reporting adverse events on food producing animals and providing feedback to reporters. The meeting aimed to provide a forum for open discussion and exchange of experiences to identify the challenges faced by veterinarians in relation to reporting post-authorisation issues and to explore ways in which to address these. This meeting was also an initial step at improving liaison between the veterinary pharmacovigilance network and representatives of the practising veterinary profession specialised in food-producing animals. ... Read more

  • 03/03/2017

    CVMP

    European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) stakeholders annual meeting 2017

    The annual European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) meeting for stakeholders was organised by the European Medicines Agency to inform EU Member States, stakeholders and observers on latest activities related to collection of data of veterinary antimicrobials and on the draft guidance on provision of data on antimicrobial use by animal species and also to share information on activities for the containment of antimicrobial resistance. ... Read more

  • 16/03/2017 - 17/03/2017

    CVMP

    European Medicines Agency veterinary medicines info day

    The European Medicines Agency veterinary medicines info day, organised in collaboration with International Federation for Animal Health Europe (IFAH-Europe), provides first-hand information on the latest developments in the scientific review, regulation and marketing authorisation procedure in the field of veterinary medicine regulation. For the first time, this year, European Medicines Agency (EMA) will have dedicated information points on esubmissions, veterinary application submissions and veterinary medicines innovation. ... Read more

  • 13/06/2016

    CVMP

    Veterinary focus group meeting with stakeholders: revision of the reflection paper on anthelmintic resistance

    The focus group meeting aims to facilitate the exchange of views from regulators, industry, research and veterinarians as part of the public consultation process on the revised draft reflection paper on anthelmintic resistance (CVMP/EWP/573536/2013-Rev.1). The Efficacy Working Party of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) revised the first version of the draft reflection paper to take into account comments received during public consultation. The CVMP adopted the revised reflection paper in April 2016 and released it for a second public consultation until 31 July 2016. ... Read more

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