Due to the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has decided to relax the rules of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. The reason for this is to enable veterinary surgeons to order their veterinary supplies from online retailers or wholesalers for home delivery. This decision will come in with immediate effect and will be reviewed on 31 July.
HMRC has said, “the VMD will not issue an improvement notice if there are breaches of the relevant provisions of paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 of the VMR during this period.”
It is important to note that this is only a temporary VMD policy and that all other VMR continue to apply. The VMD will continue to take action to assure those obligations in cases where the procedures described in the statement are not followed.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has published some guidance on how to continue veterinary work during COVID-19. See guidance here.
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