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Announcements, Events & Open Meetings


29 October 2014 -ISO 9001 and ISO 27001: Successful Annual Surveillance Visits

Following the VMD's certification and re-certification last year for, respectively, ISO 9001 (quality management requirements) and ISO 27001 (our Information Security Management System), we underwent surveillance visits in September. These visits happen every year over the three year period that the certifications last and check that we are continuing to meet the requirements of the standards including demonstrating continual improvement.

We are very pleased to say that the auditors have recommended our continued certification for both international standards. They also did not raise any non-conformities against either standard. The auditors suggested areas where we may need to consider improving our processes and procedures. We are considering these recommendations and, where appropriate, we will be implementing them as part of our ongoing continual improvement work.

For further information please contact: Matthew Isted (VMD, email: m.isted@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk, 01932 338347).

29 October 2014 -Validation of New MA applications during the Christmas Period

If you wish for your application to be considered for validation during the Christmas period, the VMD must have received it on or before Tuesday 16th December 2014. The last validation meeting to discuss applications for new Marketing Authorisations (MAs) will take place Friday 19th December 2014.

Any applications received after 16th December will not be considered for validation until the week commencing 29th December 2014.

Please note the VMD will be closed on 25th and 26th December 2014 and 1st January 2015.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Abigail Seager; email: a.seager@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk, telephone: 01932 338465

22 August 2014 -VMD's R&D programme Topic Proposals

Deadline for proposals for topics to be included in VMD's call for research projects to commence in 2015-2016

At its R&D Steering Group meeting to be held in early October, the VMD will consider proposals for topics to be included in its research call for projects starting in 2015-2016.

Although it is expected that funds will be very limited, topic proposals are invited from VMD's stakeholders in line with the Veterinary Medicines and Antimicrobial Resistance Evidence Plan.

The R&D Proposal form and a copy of the Veterinary Medicines Evidence Plan can be found on the Research and Development page of this website: http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/public/research.aspx.

Completed forms should be submitted to Claire Josey c.josey@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk by the 19th September, 2014.

05 August 2014 -Sheep Fly Strike Treatment Products

The VMD is aware that due to the recent hot weather there may be an increased demand for UK authorised products to treat fly strike in sheep.

The VMD has contacted Marketing Authorisation holders for relevant UK authorised veterinary medicinal products indicated for the treatment/prevention of fly strike to confirm the availability status. Although supply of certain veterinary medicinal products may become intermittent over the coming months, alternative products are available.

The VMD would recommend UK veterinary surgeons to contact the relevant Marketing Authorisation holder for further information on how to obtain available product(s). Information on all veterinary medicinal products currently authorised in the UK is available from the VMD website http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/ProductInformationDatabase/

If veterinary surgeons are aware of any alternative EU authorised products, import certificate applications may be submitted online, via the VMD website https://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/sis/default.aspx/ Each application will be assessed on its individual merits and is subject to the provision of suitable justification as to why currently available veterinary medicinal products are not suitable for use.

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; j.millward@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk

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, m.isted@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk.

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:

Other Events:

  • 13 October 2014 - One Health Conference, Royal Society of Medicines, London.

    One Health Conference "Making a powerful concept work for infectious disease" This conference will update delegates on current knowledge of the relationship between responsible use of antimicrobials and the spread of multi-resistant organisms. Speakers from the medical and veterinary professions, including the VMD CEO, Professor Peter Borriello, will highlight the issues and actions being taken and proposed to reduce the incidence of multi-resistance. Below is the Conference Flyer with Programme.

Open Meetings:

The VMD & VPC Open Meetings were held on 8th October 2014

Presentations & Reports from Previous Meetings:

Last Updated: 13 October 2014

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