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Buying Medicines on the Internet

The Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme is the VMD's way of facilitating self regulation by UK based internet retailers selling veterinary medicines. It is a response to concerns about the increase in the number of internet retailers and the extent to which they comply with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR). Whilst the majority of websites based in the UK are run by qualified professionals, some sites breach the VMR by selling veterinary medicines:

  • without the advice of a veterinary surgeon, pharmacist or Suitably Qualified Person
  • that are not authorised for use in animals in the UK.

The Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme is a voluntary scheme and is free of charge.

The VMD is issuing internet retailers who have met the accreditation scheme's requirements with a logo to indicate their accreditation. Internet retailers can then display the logo on their website. The logo contains a unique number. Customers can confirm accreditation by clicking on the logo to access the internet retailer database on the VMD's website.

The VMD's Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme will help you as an on-line buyer of veterinary medicines by:

  • showing you that the retailer has voluntarily applied for and has been granted accreditation
  • confirming that the VMD has inspected the website and found that it complies with the Accreditation Scheme's requirements and the Veterinary Medicines Regulations
  • reducing the risk of you buying unauthorised veterinary medicines
  • reducing the risk of you buying inappropriate or ineffective veterinary medicines for your animals.

An information leaflet with more details is available.

You can also view a full list of all accredited internet retailers.

Last Updated: 25 May 2012

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