Code of Practice and Guidance

The DEFRA Code of Practice is issued by the Secretary of State under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. It sets down the standards that must be complied with by AMTRA, by SQPs who are registered with AMTRA having passed the required examinations and who may therefore supply veterinary medicinal products classified as POM-VPS and NFA-VPS, and by retail businesses with premises that are registered to be able to hold and supply veterinary medicinal products.

All SQPs are required to abide by the current version of the Code of Practice, to abide by the Veterinary Medicines Regulations taking account of VMD’s Veterinary Medicines Guidance Notes, and to act in a professional manner.

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Code of Practice for SQPs

The current Code of Practice for SQPs is that from October 2013. AMTRA SQP examinations are always based upon the Code of Practice currently in force.

The full text of the Code is available as a PDF file:

  • Code of Practice for SQPs in force from 1 October 2013

AMTRA provides the July 2013 Veterinary Medicines Guidance Note 3 and the October 2013 Code of Practice as part of the SQP version of the Compendium of Data Sheets, provided to all SQPs and student SQPs.

VMD guidance

In addition to abiding by the terms of the Code of Practice, SQPs should follow the VMD’s guidance, notably that offered by Veterinary Medicines Guidance Note 3 – Guidance for Retailers.

Other VMGNs may also be of relevance and should be studied – see the full list on VMD’s website.


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