Announcements, Events & Open Meetings
09 July 2014 - Earned recognition applied to feed mills
The VMD, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that applies earned recognition to commercial animal feed mills.
Under the MOU, mills that are approved by the VMD to manufacture medicated feedingstuffs and have a good history of compliance, and which are also certificated under the AIC's Universal Feed Assurance Scheme* (UFAS), will benefit from extended inspection intervals by the VMD.
The MOU was introduced to reduce the number of official inspections conducted on compliant feed mills. It includes a requirement for the VMD, AIC and FSA to share information about inspections. This is a great example of Government and industry working together to reduce regulatory burdens. The FSA will apply similar arrangements to UFAS-certificated mills that are inspected by local authorities.
*UFAS is a voluntary product certification scheme that aims to ensure feed mills manufacture and supply animal feedingstuffs in accordance with UK legislation and good practice guidance, thereby maintaining safety in the feed and food chain.
For more information please contact John Millward; email@example.com
12 June 2014 - The VMD's benchmarking of European Medicines Agencies (BEMA III) assessment
The VMD received a very positive assessment from its recent Benchmarking of European Medicines Agencies (BEMA III) assessment. This is a periodic assessment that all EU medicines agencies undergo to assess the quality and robustness of our systems and processes so as to maintain and improve standards and performance in EU agencies. The VMD is very pleased that the work it has put into providing a high quality service and working with all our stakeholders to continue to improve what we do has been recognised with an even higher rating than our last assessment in 2010.
9 June 2014 - VMD's Communications and Engagement Strategy: 2014/15 Priorities have now been published
The annual priorities are areas on which we will put extra focus in our communications activities on with our stakeholders. Work has already been, and is being delivered, against these priorities particularly in those areas which represent a continuation of our 2013/14 priorities. The Communications and Engagement Strategy itself is unchanged and remains fit for purpose. The Strategy sets out our aims and approach in delivering our communications work. Making sure we communicate effectively what we do to those who are affected by, or have an interest in our work, is a vital part of the VMD's role in assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines. We welcome any comments from our stakeholders on the Strategy and our priorities for 2014/15 to help us make sure we are communicating as effectively and efficiently as we can. Please send any comments to Matthew Isted, firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 May 2014 - Animal usage in quality control tests for the batch release of immunological veterinary medicinal products (IVMPs) via the UK from 2007 to 2012 - VMD report
The VMD has recently completed a review of the numbers of animals used by manufacturers in the quality control testing of batches of veterinary vaccines and other veterinary biological products (such as diagnostic products) released for marketing within Europe. These batches have been released for use through the UK batch release authority between 2007 and 2012. The findings have been published in the report published today on the VMD's website.
14 May 2014 - The VMD's use of HM government insignia - Moving to Gov.uk
You may have noticed that we are now using the HM Government (HMG) insignia alongside the VMD logo on our website. We will in due course be using both on all our external documents (e.g. application forms, letters etc.). This reflects the fact that as an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the VMD is adopting the HMG insignia that is being used across Government Departments and agencies. You may therefore already be familiar with this insignia.
The VMD is continuing to use our logo alongside the HMG insignia as we feel it is well-known by our stakeholders. The change in our corporate appearance does not mean there has been any change in our role and responsibilities which remain the same.
You will also see that our website - in due course - will be moving to GOV.UK. Information is on the front page of our site.
Events which the VMD will attend with the Publicity Stand in 2014:
- Dairy Event and Livestock Show - Weds 2nd - Thurs 3rd July
Joint Defra stand
- The Pet Show - Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd August
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
- Pharmacy Show - Sun 5th - Mon 6th October
- British Veterinary Nurses Association (BVNA) - Fri 10th - Sun 12th October
- London Vet Show - Thurs 20th - Fri 21st November
Grand Hall, Olympia
- Pharmaceutical Industry Information Event - Thurs 12th June 2014
Below is the provisional agenda for the Pharmaceutical Industry Information Event on 12th June 2014, which has been developed in light of feedback received. There are still some spaces available for this free event. If you would like to reserve a place, please contact Mark Newman (VMD, 01932 338349 email: email@example.com).
The VMD & VPC Open meetings will be held on 8 October 2014.
The VMD & VPC Open Meetings were held on 18 September 2013