Guidance on applying to register, renew, or vary a Veterinary Homeopathic Remedy.
A VHR is a veterinary medicinal product prepared from homeopathic stocks using a homeopathic manufacturing procedure.
A VHR must be registered before it can be placed on the market for sale and supply unless the VHR:
- was already on the
- has Grandfather Rights
- is named on the list held by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
The proposed registration holder of a VHR must be established within the Community.
For companies this means they must be formed in accordance with the law of a member state and have their registered office, central administration, or principle place of business within the EU.
A single registration may cover multiple dosage forms and routes of administration and different degrees of dilution providing they are all derived from the same homeopathic stock or stocks.
To be eligible for registration a VHR must be:
- prepared from substances called homeopathic stocks using a homeopathic manufacturing procedures described in the European Pharmacopoeia
- administered by a route described in such a pharmacopoeia, such as an oral or topical form
- sufficiently dilute to guarantee safety, ie. may not contain more than 1 part on 10,000 of the mother tincture
The following remedies are considered veterinary medicines and require a Marketing Authorisation (MA):
- remedies making specific therapeutic claims including immunological ones
- remedies not considered sufficiently dilute to guarantee safety
- remedies where the route of administration is not as described in the European Pharmacopeia, or an official pharmacopeia of a member state
The routes for getting a registration are the same as those for getting an MA with the exception of the centralised procedure, which does not apply. For further information see the Marketing authorisations for veterinary medicines page.
Most registrations are obtained through the national route. If you wish to submit an application under the Mutual Recognition or Decentralised procedures, please contact the VMD.
Post registration steps
Once a VHR is registered, it will be appear on the Product Information Database.
Pharmacovigilance requirements for homeopathic remedies, including products eligible for grandfather rights, are the same as for products with MAs. For further information refer to Veterinary Pharmacovigilance: your responsibilities page.
Variation to a VHR
If you wish to make any changes to your registration, you will need to submit a variation application to the VMD. The procedure for varying a VHR is the same as the one for varying a Marketing Authorisation. For further information see the Apply to change a marketing authorisation for an animal medicine page.
Renewal of a VHR
A VHR must be renewed five years following initial registration to remain valid.
If a VHR is not renewed it will cease to be valid and the remedy may no longer be released onto the market for sale and supply.
To renew a VHR, you need to submit an application to the VMD.
Following a variation or renewal, you will have 6 months to introduce any agreed changes for sale and supply, ie. by the deadline all products released by the Qualified Person (QP) must reflect the agreed changes. This deadline may be shorter if the change(s) made is for safety reasons. Longer deadlines may also be agreed if you request them.
The deadline for implementation will be stated on the certificate issued to you at the end of an application procedure.
The VH symbol
A registered VHR will have a registration number preceded by the symbol Vh on its product literature, eg. label.
An authorised product will have a distribution category, which relates to the retail supply of the product, eg. a product classified as Prescription Only Medicine - Veterinarian (POM-V) may only be supplied by a veterinary surgeon or a pharmacist and must be supplied in accordance with a prescription from a veterinary surgeon.
It is normally expected that a VHR will be distributed through the AVM-GSL category, which allows it to be sold off the shelf. For further information refer to Retail of veterinary medicines page.
The distribution category can also be referred to as the legal category.