Veterinary medicines import certificate schemes (VMGN 5)

Veterinary medicines guidance note for vets and wholesale dealers who wish to import and store medicines not authorised in the UK.

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Import Certificate Schemes

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Vets are able to apply for a certificate to import authorised medicines from Europe. The UK legislation extends this provision to authorised medicines from outside Europe and human authorised medicines from outside the UK.

This information is for;

  • vets who need to import a veterinary medicine under one of the import certificate schemes
  • wholesale dealers who want to import and store medicines not authorised in the UK
  • project licence holders who need to import a product or substance for use in research under an Animal (Scientific Procedure) Act (A(SP)A) Licence

The EU legislative controls on the regulation of veterinary medicines recognise that the range of species and diseases mean that it will be uneconomic for an authorised medicine to be available in all circumstances. The legislation, therefore, allows other medicines to be used when no authorised medicine is available due to lack of availability or supply issues with authorised products.

Further information is available on the prescribing cascade in Veterinary Medicines Guidance Note 13 - Guidance on the use of the cascade an admin path

Published 31 October 2013