Apply for a suitably qualified persons (SQP) retailer premises
How to apply for approval for a suitably qualified persons (SQP) retailer premises to sell or supply animal medicines.
A suitably qualified persons (SQP) is the legal term for animal medicine advisors who are entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.
You must send your application for the approval of your retailer premises to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
SQPs can supply prescription only medicines prescribed by a vet, pharmacist or SQP (POM-VPS) and non food animal medicines without a prescription (NFA-VPS) from:
- premises approved by the VMD as suitable for the storage and supply by an SQP (SQP retailer premises)
- a pharmacy registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, or with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
- a veterinary practice premises (VPP) registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Requirements for SQP retailers are set out on the Retail of veterinary medicines page.
Apply for approval of your premises as an SQP retailer (MS Word Document, 2.35MB) .
You can contact the Inspections administration team by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01932 338475 or 338328.
There is an application fee for approval of SQP Retailer premises and an ongoing annual fee.
The application and annual fees are not refundable or transferable.
The VMD aims to process application forms within 10 working days of receipt.
The VMD aims to carry out your premises inspection within a further 30 working days.
Until you receive written confirmation that your premises have been approved you may not buy, store or sell authorised medicines, other than those classified AVM-GSL.
Becoming an SQP
There are two bodies recognised for the registration of SQPs. For more informeation contact either;
Woolpit Business Park
Vet Skill Ltd
Unit 1 Headland House
Chord Business Park
SQP Code of Practice (PDF, 150KB, 19 pages)