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Veterinary Residues Legislation

Current UK legislation on Veterinary Residues:

Subsequent Amendments:


For ease of reference VMD has produced an unofficial consolidated version of the above legislation; Part 1 as a 'clean copy' without the changes being marked and Part 2 showing what has changed and when. This document is meant purely as a guidance tool and the VMD does not assume any liability for its contents.


Current UK legislation on Charges relating to Veterinary Residues:

Subsequent Amendments:


Current Review of EU Veterinary Legislation:

In 2004 the European Commission started an extensive consultation exercise on the availability of veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) in the EU. This followed a decline in the number of VMPs owing to the more stringent authorisation requirements contained in Council Regulation 2377/90.

The aim is to increase the availability of VMPs to improve animal health and welfare whilst continuing to safeguard consumer safety and assist international trade.

Council Regulation 2377/90 has been replaced by Regulation 470/2009 which sets out the procedures for establishing Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for pharmacologically active substances.

Commission Regulation 37/2010 sets out MRLs alphabetically by substances in table 1 and lists banned substances in table 2.

Council Directive 96/22 (as amended) strictly limits and controls the use of hormonally active substances, thyrostats and beta-agonists in food producing animals.

The Commission is considering the future direction of residues surveillance which is currently controlled by Council Directive 96/23. This review exercise will move forward in 2012.


Current EU legislation related to residues:

  • Regulation 470/2009 - Laying down Community procedures for the establishment of residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin.
  • Regulation 37/2010 - Pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin.
  • Directive 96/22 - Concerning the prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having a hormonal or thyrostatic action and of beta-agonists.
  • Directive 96/23 - Measures to monitor certain substances and residues thereof in live animals and animal products.
Last Updated: 21 January 2011

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