Coronavirus Update, September 2020: Prescribing & authorisation of supply

On 31 August the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) ended the temporary relaxation of the enforcement of specific provisions of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 (VMR) covering certain aspects of the prescribing and supply of veterinary medicines.

The step taken by the VMD at the start of lockdown, allowed SQPs to prescribe and authorise supply of veterinary medicines remotely for the categories of veterinary medicines they are allowed to prescribe and supply under the VMR.

However, in view of the continuing and unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the VMD has issued statements allowing, in exceptional circumstances, for facilitations concerning the temporary change of veterinary practice and SQP/RAMA retailer premises and the arrangements for SQPs/RAMA for remote prescribing and authorisation of supply to be re-applied after 31 August where:

All other requirements of the VMR on the SQPs/RAMA as the person responsible for the prescription and supply of certain veterinary medicines continue to apply.

The SQP/RAMA must:

Further information can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-vmd-news-and-guidance