The VRC oversees surveillance programmes operated by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to sample and test for a wide range of veterinary residues in food of animal origin to ensure there are no safety concerns. The members of the VRC are independent of Government and include scientists, representatives from the food and agriculture industries, and lay consumer representatives. For more details about our role visit the About Us page.
The work of the VRC is carried out according to the following principles:
The VRC is committed to working as transparently as possible and all the meeting agendas and minutes are published, as are the majority of papers discussed by the Committee. To view meeting papers please visit the Meetings page.
Two surveillance schemes are overseen by the VRC:
In addition to the Non-Statutory Scheme, sampling of imported foods also takes place at the point of entry under the Veterinary Checks Directive (Directive 97/78/EC) as part of the UK National Control Plan. The VRC sees a summary of these results and annually requests results of any residues surveillance carried out by retailers and food businesses as part of their 'due diligence' responsibilities.
For more information about how the schemes work please visit the Surveillance Information page.
The VRC Open Meeting was held on 11 September 2014 at the AHVLA, New Haw, Surrey.
VRC paper - Liver Fluke - The VRC considers the relationship between changing weather patterns and liver fluke and the implications for veterinary residues.
VRC Consumer Factsheet - The VRC explains that hormonal substances and antibiotics cannot be used for growth promotion purposes. This message has been endorsed by the National Consumer Federation and the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance.
2013 VRC Annual Report - The VRC has published its report on surveillance for veterinary residues in 2013.
E-mail: VRC Secretariat
Mrs Dorothy Craig
c/o Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Telephone: 01932 338327
Fax: 01932 336618
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We have tried to use plain English on this site, however for help on some of the technical terms used on this site please see our glossary.