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Announcements, Events & Open Meetings


7 April 2014 The VMD's Microchip Adverse Event Reporting Scheme

From April 2014 the VMD will be monitoring reports of potential adverse events following the microchipping of animals. Adverse reactions have very rarely been reported since the introduction of microchipping in the late 1980s. Millions of animals have been microchipped and it has proved to be a very safe procedure providing a lifelong means of identification. However, as an extension of our pharmacovigilance work for veterinary medicines, the VMD's scheme will gather and analyse any information about any adverse events that may have happened following microchipping. Although the VMD does not regulate the animal microchip market, we will feed back any concerns to the microchip manufacturer and the Microchip Trade Association (MTA) so that appropriate action can be taken.

Under the scheme anyone can make reports on our easy to use online form, including pet owners, veterinary healthcare professionals and other implanters of microchips. It is backed by the MTA who have also provided funding. There is an information leaflet and information sheet about the scheme - Microchip Adverse Event Reporting Scheme.

For further information contact Giles Davis, g.davis@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk.

26 March 2014 - UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies

The VMD would like to highlight the UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies. Elements within this strategy provide a potential opportunity for the industry to help shape and take part in collaborative research.

Further information

05 February 2014 - VMD Pharmaceutical Industry Information Event - 12th June 2014

The VMD will be holding an Information Event for the Pharmaceutical Industry on Thursday 12th June, 2014. We are currently developing the schedule for the day and we are inviting your suggestions on areas you would like to see covered. The following are areas we have identified for possible presentations:

  • EU legislation revision - consideration of proposals as they relate to Marketing Authorisations
  • Provisional Marketing Authorisations for vaccines
  • Animal Test Certificates and animal welfare issues

Please let Mark Newman know before the end of February what other areas you would like us to cover.
At this stage we have not decided on the duration of the event. We will determine this according to your ideas on topics. We will advise you of the final agenda and timing once this has been confirmed.
Depending on the level of interest we may need to restrict the number of attendees per company.

If you would like to reserve a place at this free event then please contact Mark Newman 01932 338349 or email: m.newman@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk.

27 January 2014 - Pharmaceutical Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

The VMD will be conducting its online industry customer satisfaction survey from 27 January to 21 February 2014. Letters were sent to authorisation holders on 27 January 2014 inviting them to take part in the survey and to share the questionnaire with their colleagues that have a relationship with the VMD so that their views reflect those of the company.

The survey is being run by Mo Gannon & Associates and all responses remain confidential and anonymous. The questionnaire will take around 15 minutes to complete and has been designed to ensure company representatives only answer questions which are relevant to them.

We have asked for the results of the survey to be reported to the VMD by the end of March 2014 and we aim to publish the summarised results on the VMD website and in the April edition of MAVIS and produce an action plan and publish this by the end of June 2014.

Further information: David Lewsey (VMD, 01932 338332, email: d.lewsey@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk).

23 January 2014 - The VMD's Service Standards have been updated

The VMD has refreshed its Service Standards document which can be found here.

We have removed outdated references to the Enforcement Concordat and amended the previous government-wide 12 week consultation period on legislation - it is now six weeks. We have not changed any of our time based service standards which remain the same. The VMD remains committed to providing you with a high-level of service in line with our service standards.

09 January 2014 - Triennial Review of the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC)

The above review conducted by Defra has concluded that the VPC's independent scientific and technical advisory functions remain important, that the VPC is best placed to carry out these functions and that it should remain as an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). There were no recommendations for major change.

The Cabinet Office requires NDPBs to be reviewed every 3 years by their parent department. The Triennial Review of the VPC was launched on 26 March 2013.

A copy of the report can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/triennial-review-of-the-veterinary-products-committee

02 December 2013 - The VMD's Communications and Engagement Strategy and 2013/14 priorities

In November 2012 the VMD published our revised Communications and Engagement Strategy on the VMD's website. The Strategy sets out our aims and approach in delivering our communications work and identifies annual priorities for areas on which our communications activities will be focused. The VMD has reviewed the Strategy and decided that it remains fit for purpose. We have also agreed the VMD's annual communications priorities for 2013/14 which are now being published separately alongside the overarching Strategy. These priorities represent the areas we need to focus on in our communications and engagement with our stakeholders. Work has already been, and is being delivered, against the priorities for 2013/14 particularly in those areas which represent a continuation of our 2012/13 priorities.

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 2013/14 to help us make sure we are communicating as effectively and efficiently as we can.

Please send any comments to Matthew Isted, m.isted@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk.

02 December 2013 - The VMD achieves ISO 9001 certification and ISO 27001 re-certification

The VMD has achieved ISO 9001 (quality management requirements) certification and ISO 27001 (Information Security Management Systems) re-certification following rigorous external audits during September.

More information can be found here ISO 9001 certification and ISO 27001 re-certification

11 September 2013 - Publication of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 (SI 2033) (VMR) will come into force on 1 October 2013.

The VMR are available electronically on the legislation.co.uk website.

10 September 2013 - Publication of the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

The UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013-2018 has been published.

A joint statement from Defra, BVA, RVCS, NFU NOAH and RUMA regarding the publication of the strategy has also been published.

04 September 2013 - Updated Advertising FAQs

The advertising of veterinary medicines FAQ has been updated to reflect the changes which come into force on 01 October 2013.

03 September 2013 - Unauthorised Product Complaint form

As from now all complaints regarding suspected medicinal marketing of unauthorised veterinary products must be submitted using the new Unathorised Product Complaint Form.

It is expected that receiving information in a way that clearly identifies the alleged offence and directs us straight to the problem will help improve the efficiency of our enforcement process.


Events which the VMD will attend with the Publicity Stand in 2014:

Other Events:

  • Pharmaceutical Industry Information Event - Thurs 12th June 2014
    VMD, Surrey

    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: m.newman@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk).

    Provisional Agenda

Open Meetings:

The VMD & VPC Open Meetings were held on 18 September 2013

Presentations & Reports from Previous Meetings:

Last Updated: 05 February 2014

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