Brussels, 8 April 2016 – The European Medicines Agency has launched its new European Surveillance Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption project’s (ESVAC) vision and strategy document 2016-2020. IFAH-Europe is pleased to note that ESVAC will be looking at the use of antibiotics in different animal species for the first time, which should enable policy-makers to develop better targeted and refined policies to fight AMR (antimicrobial resistance) effectively.
The recently-published Eurobarometer on Consumer Attitudes towards Animal Welfare shows that animal welfare continues to be a highly important issue for most EU citizens. Animal health is a precursor to animal welfare, and veterinary medicines are a key component to achieving the well-being of animals, both on farm and in the home.
MEPs today voted on new rules that will enable a more optimal, efficient and responsible administration of medicines in animal feed. Members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee adopted the report by a large majority, which seeks to harmonise the rules for placing on the market of medicated feed across Europe. Allowing veterinarians to treat sick animals using approved medicines in feed (an important and sometimes optimal administration route) offers an additional and practical method of ensuring the continuous healthcare of Europe’s animals and a safe and sustainable food production.
Coming just days after the adoption of the new framework legislation on transmissible animal diseases, IFAH-Europe welcomes the strong signals sent today by the European Parliament to ensure the availability of a varied arsenal of veterinary medicines for the prevention and treatment of animal disease.