The Veterinary Residues Committee is an independent scientific advisory committee.
The VRC was established in 2001 as a non-departmental public body (NDPB). In October 2010, following the Government's Arms Length Body review, it was announced that the VRC would no longer be a NDPB and that it would be reconstituted as an expert committee. Revised terms of reference were agreed in 2011 to reflect the new status of the committee, its reporting lines and aspects of governance as an expert committee of Defra.
The VRC's main role is to advise the Chief Executives of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on the formulation of the residues surveillance programmes and on the significance of the results in terms of consumer safety. In order to enhance consumer awareness of these issues, and confidence in its conclusions, the VRC publishes its proceedings and findings and also invites and welcomes public comments on its work.
We work in accordance with the Principles of Scientific Advice to Government and the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees.
The Committee is always grateful for the information and feedback from consumers and other stakeholders. This includes all of the government and other agencies that help us in our work.