When people get sick they rely on modern medicine to make them better and this is done without a second thought because they know that the manufacturers have spent years developing their products to ensure their effectiveness and safety. The animal health industry also invests huge resources in developing, testing and manufacturing safe, effective veterinary medicines and Europe has one of the world’s most stringent licensing systems for controlling medicines (see Bringing veterinary medicines to market).
The Europe Commission began a review of the legislation governing veterinary medicinal products in 2010 and IFAH-Europe is pushing for a regulatory process that can deliver a true single market for these products via what the federation has named the “1-1-1 Concept” – i.e. one dossier, one scientific assessment and one decision for marketing authorisation for all veterinary medicinal products. To assist with the preparation of the European commission’s impact assessment IFAH-Europe prepared a comprehensive Impact Assessment Data Package.
The links below give more detail on the 1-1-1 Concept and the benefits of a more harmonised system.
The road to a single EU market for veterinary medicines began with the first European Directive in 1981. During the last 30 years significant milestones have been achieved in realising this objective through significant updates and revisions of the legislation.
IFAH-Europe now has one vision: to complete the journey to one true single market in veterinary medicinal products now through the ongoing review of the legislative framework (2010-2014).