Homeopathic remedies registration scheme for animal use (VMGN 7)

Veterinary medicines guidance note for the pharmaceutical and biological industries, and companies that market homeopathic remedies.

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Guidance on the Homeopathic Registration Scheme

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For the pharmaceutical and biological industries, and those companies and individuals involved in the development and marketing of homeopathic remedies, who wish to seek registration of those remedies.

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations allow homeopathic remedies to be placed on the market, provided one of the following criteria is met:

  • the remedy, as manufactured by a specified manufacturer, is registered with VMD through the registration scheme
  • the remedy has “grandfather rights‟ and has been included in the list of such remedies as manufactured by a specified manufacturer
  • the remedy has been specially prepared (extemporaneously) and supplied directly to the end user by a pharmacist in a registered pharmacy in accordance with a homeopathic manufacturing procedure described in an official European Pharmacopoeia (Ph.Eur.)
  • the remedy has been prescribed by a vet and already registered or authorised for human use, or has been prepared extemporaneously in accordance with the provisions of the prescribing cascade

Information on the prescribing cascade is provided in VMGN 13 - Guidance on the use of the cascade.

Remedies classified as sarcodes (homeopathic remedies prepared from healthy animal tissues and secretions) or nosodes (homoeopathic remedies prepared from microbe cultures, from viruses, fungi, pathological secretions and excretions) are not considered to fall within any of the above categories.

Published 30 September 2011