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Grace period extension on NIP most welcome, says NOAH, but long term solutions still needed for veterinary medicines

The EU Commission’s three-year extension to the grace period to ensure the continuity of supplies of veterinary medicines to Northern Ireland is most welcome, says NOAH.

With the current grace period due to have expired at the end of 2022, a failure to extend it would not only have endangered the health and welfare of NI farm livestock and pets but would also have compromised food security and public health, as up to 50% of the current veterinary medicines would no longer be available on the NI market.

Dawn Howard, NOAH Chief Executive, said: “This extension will alleviate  immediate difficulties due to loss of products; it  is most welcome, and is a testament to the veterinary, farming and animal welfare sectors working together to  highlight our concerns.

“Nevertheless, the need for a longer term, sustainable solution is still vital to give UK animal health businesses the certainty they need to secure veterinary medicines supply into the future. We are looking forward to continuing urgent dialogue between the UK and the EU, to develop a workable long term negotiated solution, and remain very happy to offer our support and expertise.”

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  2. NOAH (National Office of Animal Health) represents the UK animal health industry. Its members produce and market licensed veterinary medicines to protect the health and welfare of pets and farm animals, public health and food security

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