The maximum residue limit, or MRL, is the maximum concentration of residue accepted by the European Union (EU) in a food product obtained from an animal that has received a veterinary medicine. The assessment for the safety of residues is carried out by the by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP). Any MRL opinion given by the CVMP is published in the first instance as a Summary of Opinion as part of the Agency strategy to improve transparency in the regulatory process. It is without prejudice to the final Commission Regulation. More detailed information is published later, following the publication of the Commission Regulation, as a European Public MRL Assessment Report (EPMAR, formerly called Summary Reports).