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SQP retailer premises: temporary change of premises

Relaxation of enforcement during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In light of the enhanced precautions on social distancing we must take as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has relaxed the enforcement of specific provisions of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) to allow a suitably qualified person (SQP) to supply veterinary medicines from temporary premises.

Wholesale dealers will be allowed to supply veterinary medicines to SQPs at such temporary premises.

This decision has immediate effect and will last until 31 August and then cease.

The VMD will not issue an improvement notice if there are breaches of the relevant provisions of Schedule 3 of the VMR during this period. For further information read the statement from the VMD (PDF, 172KB, 2 pages).

This is a temporary VMD enforcement policy in relation to specific obligations under the VMR only. The VMR continue to apply. The VMD may continue to take action to enforce those obligations in cases where the procedures described in the statement are not followed.

Published 7 April 2020
Last updated 31 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Phasing out of COVID-19 facilitations

  2. Date of temporary facilitation changed to 31 July

  3. Temporary facilitation will last until 30 June when we will review it.

  4. SQP retailer premises temporary change of premises - Review date now 31 May

  5. First published.