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Regulatory Affairs

Bringing veterinary medicines to market

In the European Union, an effective and rigorous examination and registration system exists for placing veterinary medicinal products on the market. The EU registration process (a.k.a. marketing authorisation process) ensures that only those products meeting defined standards of quality, safety and efficacy, which have been thoroughly tested and carefully reviewed by independent experts, reach the marketplace. Check-out our infographic on how veterinary medicines come to market.

This is a lengthy and complex procedure and is ultimately designed to protect the public, animals and the environment from poor quality or unsafe medicines. The links below outline the steps involved in this process.

Responsibility to Society

A stringent, scientific and independent review has to be carried out by the authorities to ensure all animal health products are safe, of high quality and efficacious. Only after this review has been carried out may a product be granted a Marketing Authorisation. The objective of the regulatory process is to protect the public without stalling innovation. 

Our infographic on 'How veterinary medicines are made' outlines some of the processes involved with bringing veterinary medicines to market.

IFAH-Europe supports this system and highly recommends that it be respected for the safety and confidence that it provides to both consumers and animals alike.


 Read our dossier on the Marketing Authorisation Process for Veterinary Medicinal Products in Europe for more detailed information.