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European Commission Adopts Proposals On Veterinary Medical Products

The European Commission on Wednesday adopted proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed for improving the health and well being of animals, tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the European Union and fostering innovation.

The proposal on veterinary medicinal products aims in particular to make more medicines available in the EU to treat and prevent diseases in animals.

The proposal on the modernization of medicated feed legislation now includes feed for pets in its scope. The idea is to ensure the appropriate standard of product quality and safety in the EU, whilst simultaneously paving the way for better treatments for diseased animals.

The proposed rules will benefit animals - including aquatic species, their holders, pet owners, veterinarians and businesses - including the pharmaceutical and feed industries, in the EU.

"These proposals both have animal health and welfare at their heart. However, they also represent a major step forward for public health as they introduce measures that contribute towards combating the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), keeping antibiotics effective for people and animals alike," said Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health.

Other EU institutions, including the European Parliament and the Council, will now consider the Commission's proposals and adopt their positions in due course, in accordance with the co-decision procedure.

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