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The aims of the Enforcement team are:

  • to protect public health, animal welfare and the environment by seeking to eliminate the use of illegal veterinary medicines;
  • to encourage understanding of the benefits of the regulatory process and thereby to encourage the responsible use of authorised veterinary medicines.

Veterinary medicines which are presented for the treatment or prevention of disease in animals or which have that function must be authorised in accordance with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) before they can be legally sold or administered in the UK. The marketing, importation, sale, supply, administration and possession of veterinary medicines not in accordance with the VMR is illegal. It is in the interests of public health, animal welfare and the environment therefore that only authorised products are marketed for sale and administration.

The importation, marketing, possession, sale and supply of illegal veterinary products is regarded as a serious offence and will be actively pursued in accordance with our Enforcement Strategy with a view to instigating legal proceedings where appropriate.

To contact the Enforcement Team please email - enforcement@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk.

Last Updated: 13 November 2013

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