The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced the end of its relaxation of the enforcement of Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) from August 31st 2020, The concession was allowed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Directorate restarted on-site inspections of manufacturers, wholesalers, vet practices, feed business operators and SQP retailer premises earlier in August. On-site inspections of the pharmacovigilance (PhV) systems of Marketing Authorisation Holders are to restart at a later date, while the VMD will continue to inspect PhV systems remotely in the meantime.

At the beginning of lockdown, the VMD allowed SQPs to prescribe and authorise the supply of veterinary medicines remotely for the categories of veterinary medicines they are allowed to prescribe and supply under the VMR. At the time, the VMD said the relaxation was likely to last until the end of August and then cease.

The other requirements of the VMR, that the SQP must be the person who has the conversation/consultation with the animal owner; must be the person who makes the prescribing decision; and is satisfied that the person handing over or dispatching the prescribed product is competent to do so, continue to apply.