Policy paper

Enforcement strategy for animal medicines

The enforcement strategy sets out the general principles and approach taken by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).

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The VMD enforce the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) but the Secretary of State owns the powers provided by the VMR .

The purpose of enforcement strategy is to secure compliance with the requirements of the VMR.

In keeping with Defra’s approach to better regulation and enforcement we recognise that the best way to achieve compliance is to ensure, by guidance and advice, that those carrying out regulated activities understand their responsibilities.

Published 26 November 2014
Last updated 5 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated Enforcement strategy document

  2. First published.