Current status:
European Commission final decision


Florfenicol is a synthetic broad spectrum antibiotic with a range of activity, including many Gramnegative and Gram-positive organisms.

The Marketing Authorisation Holder, Gosmore Ltd, submitted an application via mutual recognition for Fenflor 300 mg/ml solution for injection for cattle, on the basis of the marketing authorisation granted by the United Kingdom. The application was submitted in the framework of Article 32 of Directive 2001/82/EC, as amended, where the Reference Member State was the United Kingdom and the Concerned Member States were Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The Mutual Recognition Procedure started on 28 February 2008.

Due to concerns raised by Germany and The Netherlands during the Mutual Recognition Procedure that Fenflor 300 mg/ml solution for injection for cattle could present a potential serious risk to the environment, the United Kingdom referred the matter to the EMEA on 31 July 2008 under Article 33(4) of Directive 2001/82/EC.

The referral procedure started on 16 September 2008. The rapporteur and co-rapporteur appointed were: Dr Bruno Urbain and Dr Michael Holzhauser-Alberti, respectively. Written explanations were provided by the Marketing Authorisation Holder on 15 January 2009. Oral explanations were given on 16 April 2009.

Based on the evaluation of the rapporteurs' assessment of the currently available data, the CVMP considered that the use of the product as recommended for therapeutic use only does not constitute a risk for the environment. However, the CVMP also considered that the wording of the therapeutic indication as authorised in the Reference Member State should be amended to clearly state the limitations of the approved use and avoid incorrect interpretation. Therefore the Committee adopted an opinion on 14 May 2009 recommending the variation of the Marketing Authorisation in line with the proposed amendments to the Summary of Product Characteristics and package leaflet.

The list of product names concerned is given in Annex I. The scientific conclusions are provided in Annex II, together with the amended Summary of Product Characteristics and package leaflet in the Annex III.

The final opinion was converted into a Decision by the European Commission on 3 August 2009.

Key facts

Approved name
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
Reference number
Article 33

Mutual-recognition and decentralised referral: initiated because of disagreement between Member States within the framework of the mutual-recognition or decentralised procedure.

European Commission final decision
Opinion date
EC decision date

All documents

Document description

  • Opinion - contains the CVMP opinion of the referred medicine(s)
  • List of the medicines affected by the referral (Annex I)
  • Scientific conclusions of the Committee (Annex II)

The following two documents may not always be available:

  • Changes to the summary of product characteristics, labeling or package leaflet ('annex III') - available when changes have been recommended by the Committee
  • Conditions of the marketing authorisation (Annex IV) - available when the Committee recommends measures to be taken for the marketing authorisation(s) such as safety measures or extra studies

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