The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) are an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). They promote animal health and welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines and are responsible for:
• Monitoring and taking action on reports of bad effects from veterinary medicines;
• Testing for residues of veterinary medicines or illegal substances in animals and animal products;
• Assessing applications for and authorising companies to sell veterinary medicines in the UK and the EU;
• Controlling how veterinary medicines are made and distributed;
• Advising government ministers on developing veterinary medicines policy and putting it into action, and,
• Making, updating and enforcing UK legislation on veterinary medicines.
Any beekeeper wishing to import a product from Europe will have to apply for a Special Import Certificate (SIC) from a veterinary surgeon. Under the Cascade system, this is particularly useful for winter treatments such as lactic, oxalic and formic acid where limited registered products are available within the UK for the treatment of Varroa. A list of EU registered products available under an SIC can be viewed below:
Product Active Substance Manufacturer Pharmaceutical Form Imported from
Checkmite+ Coumaphos Bayer Animal Health Impregnated Strips Greece
Apivar Amitraz Veto - Pharma SA Impregnated Strips France
Biowar Amitraz Biowet Pulawy Impregnated Strips Poland
If you wish to import a medicine under the scheme, please contact your local vet.
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