Hopes rise for compromise on new EU vet medicine controls

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Compromise proposals for stricter controls on the use of veterinary drugs are being considered by industry stakeholders, the Farming Independent notes.

It was feared that the introduction of a new EU-wide regulatory system from the beginning of 2022 could seriously limit the existing flexibility in animal treatment.

The new EU measures aim to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and standardize the use of veterinary medicines across the bloc.

The initial proposals sparked concern among ranchers, fearing that the amended rules would drive up veterinary costs and put farmers at risk of cross-compliance penalties.

However, industry circles have suggested that greater flexibility in enforcing the new regulations could allay these fears.

It has been suggested that farmers have limited supplies of some medicines, such as:

The main change to the proposed regulations was that farmers must purchase medicines within five days of a prescription being issued by a veterinary officeT.

However, the length of time farmers are allowed to keep unused drugs has been controversial and has not been set by the Department of Agriculture.

Farmers feared that they could face penalties during farm controls if they were found to have medication is considered “out of date” under the new regulatory regime.

Veterinary Ireland said the new regulations mean the use of antibiotics as a preventive measure will be phased out and the use of some drugs will be banned, or strictly controlled.

The agricultural organizations have asked for a workable solution to be found.

Earlier this year, tighter controls on cans and drenching purchases were announced, with farmers requiring a veterinarian’s prescription when purchasing anti-parasitic medicines.