The Decline of Administrative Burden: A Perspective from Regulatory Professionals

Jul 4, 2016

Each veterinary medicinal product (VMP) needs to be authorised before it can be placed on the market. The registration process for human and veterinary medicinal products started back in 1965 with the European Community Medicines Directive 65/65/EEC, which focused on guaranteeing safety, quality and efficacy of all available medicines. Luisa Paches Samblas and Joshua Forster, from Cyton Biosciences Ltd, discuss that the main focus for the EU has always been the authorisation of safe, efficacious veterinary medicinal products, with a high standard of quality. ...

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Veterinary Official Controls and Public Health

Jul 4, 2016

Effective veterinary official controls are vital to maintain and improve the standards of animal health and welfare, as well as human health. Trade and economic growth can also benefit from the prevention and control of animal disease incursions. Although globally the major goals of veterinary official controls are similar, the strategies used to achieve them may differ. Dr Rodrigo Nova, Assistant Professor in Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, explains why it is important to recognise that risks and priorities are varied and countries should analyse them in order to be able to implement the most idoneous intervention strategies that suit their needs and capacities. ...

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The Mainstreaming of Sustainability in Irish Agriculture

Jul 4, 2016

Over the last 10 years, the topic of sustainability has moved from the barricades to the boardroom. Where previously ‘environmental protection’ was considered a constraint to agriculture and food production, the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources is now considered a key driver of growth. Rogier Schulte of Teagasc (the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland) discusses this new narrative in a wide range of initiatives that would have been considered utopian in the not so distant past. ...

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Animal Healthcare Products in China: A Regulatory Landscape

Jul 4, 2016

Safe and nutritious food products derived from animals are more likely to come from healthy animals than those that are compromised by disease. Veterinary medicine will help in preventing diseases and maintaining good health. Developing countries like China should have more precise veterinary drug regulation and guidelines relating to it. The aim of this article, by Chetana Madival, Balamuralidhara V. and T.M. Pramod Kumar of JSS College of Pharmacy, and A.Ramkishan, Deputy Drugs Controller (India), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, is to provide an overview of veterinary pharmaceutical market and regulation involved in import and drug registration in China. ...

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Animal Health Startups – Strategies to Consider and Snags to Avoid

Jul 4, 2016

Large capital entities are considering animal health as a place for investment, and current companies in the industry are reconsidering their innovation and product portfolio development strategies. There are a lot of technologies coming to the animal health market, either on the way to the human health market or because of the growing interest in investments in this industry. A Kansas City Animal Health Corridor-based innovation centre that focuses on the animal health industry has evaluated over 30 new or repurposed technologies in the past two years and made some observations about the emerging technologies and their varied pathways to market. Dr Tammy Platt of Innovationstockyard outlines some of those observations. ...

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Importance of Sourcing Partners for Novel Therapy Projects

Jul 4, 2016

The animal health industry is undergoing very interesting times. In 2014 it was worth 23.9bn US$ at a nominal growth rate of 4%. Of this, 62% was attributed to pharmaceuticals, whilst biologicals and medicinal feed additives are gaining importance, with 26% and 12% market share, respectively. Mario Schäfer, Laia Ramoneda and Claudia Gomez of Trifermed explain why it is advisable for developing SMEs to be surrounded by partners with adequate financial resources and know-how in order to face upcoming challenges and turn those into opportunities for intelligent exit strategies in a growing industry. ...

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The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is Committed to Measure, Benchmark and Reduce the GHG Impact of Livestock Production Globally

Apr 15, 2016

Livestock raising and the consumption of animal products make a crucial contribution to the economic and nutritional wellbeing of millions of people around the world – particularly in developing countries. Yet the need to improve environmental performance of the livestock sector will continue as the FAO estimates that demand for livestock products will continue to intensify over the decades to come. Alexandra de Athayde, of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), discusses that the central challenge facing the agricultural chain, and also societies around the globe, is how to meet this demand safely and sustainably, keeping in mind environmental, economic and social factors. ...

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