What surveillance is carried out in the UK for residues of veterinary medicines?
The Veterinary Residues Committee oversees the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's two complementary surveillance schemes (fuller explanations of these two schemes appear on the links to the right):
The National Surveillance Scheme (NSS):
The Non-Statutory Surveillance Scheme:
Other surveillance carried out:
The VRC is aware that other testing is carried out:
The VRC would like to see the results of such testing, to have the best picture of the surveillance being undertaken and the results. To this end, each year, the VRC and its sister committee, the Pesticides Residues Committee, write out to a wide range of companies asking them to share their results. The VRC has been disappointed with the limited number of responses it has received.
Who is involved in the VMD's surveillance for veterinary residues?
The VMD operates the surveillance schemes and provides the Secretariat for the VRC, but many other organisations have a role.
Investigating non-compliant samples:
Overseeing the surveillance: