The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has launched a public consultation on the proposed revision to the Veterinary Medicines Regulations, as they apply in Great Britain, today (Thursday, February 2).

The proposed changes aim to modernise the regulations and make them more “effective”, while keeping the UK an “attractive place” to develop and market veterinary medicines, the government said.

It will also see the introduction of measures aimed at tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The VMD is inviting anyone with an interest to share their views on the proposals by the closing date of March 31.

The consultation will set out proposals that aim to ensure regulations continue to be fit-for-purpose, with regulatory requirements that reflect development in the industry and reduce regulator burden.

The government said that improved clarity and consistency in the regulations will create more certainty for those involved in the health and welfare of animals.

Lord Benyon, the minister for biosecurity, marine and rural affairs, said: “I am delighted that we are today launching a consultation to invite views on our detailed proposals to strengthen the regulations around veterinary medicines, to support this country continuing to be a world leader in animal health and welfare.

“These proposals modernise the Veterinary Medicines Regulations and include new measures to help tackle antimicrobial resistance which will contribute to delivering UK’s five-year national action plan.”

Abi Seagar, the chief executive of VMD, said: “I am pleased to announce the launch of this consultation. As a key regulatory tool, these proposals will enable the realisation of opportunities that independent regulation carries.

“We have listened to the views of our stakeholders over the last few years and the resulting proposals aim to reduce regulatory burden, bring clarity and deliver regulation which balances the international supply landscape with our own national requirements.”