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Lobbying Prompts New Online Meds Scheme

by 5m Editor
21 March 2012, at 8:59am

UK - NFU lobbying has resulted in the launch of a new accreditation scheme for the online sale of veterinary medicines.

Internet retailers of such products can now apply for voluntary accreditation under the new Veterinary Medicines Regulations Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme.

It is hoped the status, and the associated logo, will become benchmarks allowing farmers to buy with confidence. The first accreditations are expected to be issued on 25 May.

NFU head of food and farming Phil Hudson said: “We know that NFU members value the flexibility and market competition that online retailers provide but there are dangers in buying from sites that could be operating illegally.

“Several years ago the NFU approached the VMD with a view to investigating this area of retailing to make it easier for farmers to buy safely from legitimate sites and we are pleased by the launch of this new scheme.

“To ensure that this voluntary scheme does benefit the industry by providing the means to buy safe and legal veterinary medicines online it needs to be supported and operated fairly and transparently.

“It makes sense that farmers wishing to use online retailers should buy from accredited sites to protect themselves and their business against any irregularity and illegal trading.”

More information about the scheme, the accreditation criteria and the application process can be found here.