The modernized Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) will come into force from Friday 17 May, with the aim of keeping the UK an attractive place to develop and sell veterinary medicines.

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 set out controls on the placing on the market, manufacturing, distribution, possession and administration of veterinary medicines and medicated feed.

The Veterinary Medicines (Amendment, etc.) Regulations 2024 were introduced in Parliament on 4 March with the adoption of the regulations on 25 April.

Regulations are a key tool to help protect animal health, public health and the environment, said the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).

As part of the updated regulations, the UK government has tightened restrictions on the use of antibiotics and antibiotics administered in feed.

Other regulations aim to reduce regulatory burdens by making it easier to submit a single marketing authorization application dossier and enabling common packaging to be used across the UK.

To allow time for stakeholders to comply with specific new or changed requirements, the legislation includes transitional provisions for certain requirements, VMD said.

“We continue to work with our stakeholders to help them implement changes and support them in compliance,” it said.

Senior effectiveness assessors

VMD is seeking two senior efficacy assessment specialists to work in the regulation of veterinary medicines.

These positions are based in the Pharmaceutical Licensing Division of the VMD, an independent body of the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The salary range is from £57,316 to £64,380 per annum with pension scheme.

The deadline for submitting applications is expired May 28, 2024.

Individuals selected for these positions will be responsible for assessing target species efficacy and safety data submitted in support of applications for approval of veterinary pharmaceutical medicinal products.

Those interested must apply via the UK Government website under Civil Service Jobs.