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VMD Inspectorate

The Inspections & Investigations Team (IIT):

The Inspections & Investigations Team (IIT), formerly known as the Animal Medicines Inspectorate (AMI), is a team within the VMD's Post Authorisation Surveillance Unit, in the Operations Division.

The IIT is responsible for:

  1. the inspection of all registered veterinary practice premises (VPPs) in the UK from where veterinary surgeons retail supply veterinary medicinal products (VMPs), other than those registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as Practice Standards Scheme premises. Practice Standard Scheme premises are inspected by the RCVS's inspectors under an agreement with the VMD but responsibility for enforcement of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations at those premises remains with the VMD.
  2. the approval and inspection of premises in Great Britain from which Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs) retail supply VMPs, and the approval and inspection of such premises in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). SQPs are animal health care professionals who have undertaken appropriate training and examination in veterinary medicines and are registered with a body recognised by the VMD. SQPs are permitted to supply certain VMPs classified as POM-VPS and NFA-VPS, depending on the qualification they hold.
  3. the approval and inspection of manufacturers and distributors of specified feed additives (SFAs), premixtures and feedingstuffs containing SFAs, and manufacturers and distributors of premixtures and feedingstuffs containing VMPs (collectively referred to as Schedule 5 products) in Great Britain. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) carry out similar inspections in Northern Ireland. Premises approved and inspected include commercial animal feed mills and on-farm mixers (including fish farmers).
  4. the investigation of breaches of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.

The IIT is headed by John Millward, with six regionally based inspectors:


Inspections Administration Team (IAT):

Within the IIT is the Inspections Administration Team (IAT). The IAT provides full administrative support to the IIT and the GMP Inspection Team (GMP IT), and deals with new applications for the approval/authorisation of premises/sites, variations to approvals/authorisations, and technical inspection queries. The IAT is responsible for maintaining and publishing the Registers of, Approved SQP Retailers' Premises, Approved Feedingstuffs Manufacturers and Distributors, and Authorised Veterinary Only Wholesale Dealers.

The IAT is headed by Lee Grist, supported by:


GMP Inspection Team (GMP IT):

The GMP Inspection Team (GMP IT) is a team within the VMD’s Post Authorisation Surveillance Unit, in the Operations Division. It is responsible for the inspection of manufacturing and wholesaling sites exclusively producing veterinary medicines, in the UK and third countries. The team also has some responsibility for batch release of immunological products onto the UK market.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) continue to authorise and inspect those manufacturers and wholesale dealers that manufacture and wholesale both human and veterinary medicinal products.

Head of the GMP Inspection Team:

GMP Inspectors:

Last Updated: 24 April 2014

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