Publication Scheme

What is the publication scheme?

We have published this scheme in line with section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities (i.e. government and other public sector organisations). This publication scheme is a guide to key information routinely published by or made available from the VRC. It focuses on the work we’ve done and the advice we’ve given. Much more information about the VRC is available via our website or our suite of publications.

The scheme is structured according to broad classes that reflect the range of our work. These are:

  1. Who we are and what we do
  2. What we’ve done and the advice we've given
  3. Our costs

Within these classes the information subjects that form our publication scheme are defined.

How much do publications cost?

All of the information listed is available free, either from the website, or from the VRC Secretariat at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

How are they published?

We try to make as much of our published information available on our website. Most publications are also available in electronic or paper copy and, unless otherwise indicated, can be obtained via an email request to or by telephone: 01932 338327.


It is important that the scheme meets users' needs. We welcome suggestions for additional classes of information that could be included. We also welcome suggestions as to how the information products and publications themselves might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent to

Freedom of Information, Open Government and Individual Rights

The VRC is committed to promoting and actively developing a culture of openness, transparency and accountability embodied in the Access to Information (ATI) legislation. This refers to the general right of access that the public have to the information held by the VRC and other public authorities. Rights of access to environmental information exist under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Requests for other types of information are dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If the information you want to see is not held within our Publication Scheme you can contact requesting the information and, providing it is not covered by one of the exemptions in the legislation, we will try to provide you with that information in line with our Service Standards.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, individuals may also request a copy of any personal data that the VRC holds about them. These requests should be made to or write to:

The Secretary,
Veterinary Residues Committee,
Veterinary Medicines Directorate,
Woodham Lane,
New Haw,
KT15 3LS.


All our information, in whatever format or medium, is subject to copyright protection under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. You may re-use this information (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium for the purposes of research for non-commercial purposes, private study, criticism, review and news reporting. You must re-use it accurately and not in a misleading context. The material must be acknowledged as VRC copyright and you must give the title of the source information/publication. However, if you wish to re-use all or part of this information for commercial purposes, including publishing, you will need to apply for a licence by contacting

Information Subjects

A list of Information Subjects is available. Each information subject contains the following information; name of information, a brief description of the nature of the information and availability and contact points, including any information within the class that may not be publicly available.

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