Guidance

Veterinary Residues Legislation

The legislation that requires the analyse of samples from food producing animals for residues, authorised veterinary medicines, unauthorised substances and various contaminants.

Legislation requires the analyses of samples from food producing animals for residues, authorised veterinary medicines, unauthorised substances and various contaminants. This requires an annual surveillance plan which is operated by the VMD.

The requirement for analyses of samples from food producing animals for residues of veterinary medicines and prohibited substances is provided in Council Directive 96/23/EC.

For the text of the relevant Legislation go to Legislation.gov.uk.

UK Legislation requiring residues surveillance

  • The Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (England and Scotland) Regulations 2015 came into effect on 1 July 2015. This is a consolidated version of the 1997 Regulations and amendments, which covered Great Britain.
  • Wales is still covered by the 1997 Regulations and amendments.
  • The Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residues Limits) Regulation (Northern Ireland) 2016.

UK Legislation on charges relating to veterinary residues

  • The Charges for Residues Surveillance (Amendment) Regulations 2011

EU Legislation

  • Directive 96/22 which concerns the prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having hormonal or thyrostatic action and of beta-agonists
  • Directive 96/23 concerns measures to monitor certain substances and residues thereof in live animals and animal products
  • Regulation 470/2009 concerns laying down Community procedures for the establishment of residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin
  • Regulation 37/2010 concerns pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin
Published 18 December 2014
Last updated 1 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Content reviewed with minor amendments
  2. Amendment to regulations which come into force on 1 July 2015
  3. First published.