Buying veterinary medicines online
It is possible to buy veterinary medicines online in the European Union (EU). Veterinarians, farmers and pet owners should only buy from online retailers registered with the national competent authorities in the EU Member States, to reduce the risk of buying sub-standard medicines. The European Commission has introduced a common logo that appears on the websites of these registered retailers.
To stay safe when buying veterinary medicines online, look out for the official logo.
The official logo should display on the websites of all online veterinary medicine retailers registered with their national regulatory authority in an EU Member State or European Economic Area (EEA) country (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
The official logo contains the national flag of the EU Member State or EEA country where the retailer is established and registered. Clicking on the logo will open the national register of online retailers of veterinary medicines. This allows you to check that the retailer is authorised to sell veterinary medicines.
Do not continue with your purchase if the retailer is not on the national register.
Only the national flag of an EU Member State or EEA country can be displayed on the official logo. If you see a logo that displays the EU flag, for example, is not authentic.
|EU Member State||Register of online retailers|
Veterinarians offering medicines: www.famhp.be (EN / NL / FR)
Pharmacies: www.famhp.be (EN / NL / FR)
|Cyprus||To be made available shortly|
All sellers: www.uskvbl.cz (CZ)
Pharmacies: www.uskvbl.cz (CZ)
|Malta||agrikoltura.gov.mt (EN / MT)|
|Sweden||www.lakemedelsverket.se (EN / SV)|
|EEA Member States|
|Liechtenstein||To be made available shortly|
|Norway||To be made available shortly|
The legal framework for the common logo for veterinary medicines is set out in the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2019/6) and in Implementing Regulation EU) 2021/1904.
As of 28 January 2022:
- national regulatory authorities in the EU / EEA are obliged to list all registered online medicine retailers in their country on their websites;
- all online medicines retailers registered in the EU / EEA should display the common logo and link to the relevant national authority website.