NOAH response to Government publication on no deal planning assumptions

The majority of veterinary medicines used in the UK (including the ingredients and components needed to make them) are either produced in or enter via the EU. 

Our industry has been working closely with regulators, and has responded very well to concerns about supply, with detailed planning measures for all EU Exit scenarios including no deal. 

These plans have involved a great deal of work and cover all aspects of supply chains from regulatory compliance and stocking levels to logistics and customs. They also include, as appropriate, increasing stocks of products in the UK, changing supply routes, transferring marketing authorisations and other regulatory processes.

However, in a no-deal situation there are also broader issues that could impact on availability of veterinary medicines.

For example, there are temperature sensitive vaccines which have to be maintained in certain conditions. If transport is delayed and they are stuck on a lorry for hours with no power supply, those vaccines could become completely useless, and the consignment lost.

Dawn Howard, NOAH chief executive says: “This disruption does represent a potential risk to controlling disease and an animal welfare issue. If preventative medicines such as vaccines are not available, there is a greater risk of disease in the population. This could increase the risk of its spread, including the spread of zoonotic infections. Animals that have not been protected may be at risk.

“To reduce this risk to medicines availability in the UK, detailed planning continues.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.