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NOAH welcomes new GB Veterinary Medicines Regulation 2024

NOAH welcomes the adoption of the new GB Veterinary Medicine Regulation (VMR), which will come into law on 17th May. This follows support from both the House of Lords on 18 April and the House of Commons on 23rd April.

Dawn Howard, NOAH Chief Executive, said: “This new legislation presents an opportunity for the UK animal health sector to thrive, as the 2013 VMR regulatory framework was no longer fit for purpose and reforms to the regulations were well overdue.

“We would like to thank the UK veterinary medicines regulatory authority, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) who put a tremendous amount of effort into drafting this new Regulation and their openness in consulting all those who will be impacted by it to express their views.

“Animal health businesses, as well as the VMD itself, needs this new legislation to support confidence and investment in our sector.

“The animal health industry is a high-value, high-growth and high-skills sector that contributes significantly to the UK as a whole, and this Regulation will help the sector’s full potential to be unlocked,” she added.

Notes for Editors

  1. For more information please contact or see

  2. NOAH represents the UK animal health industry. We promote the benefits of licensed medicines and solutions for the health and welfare of all animals.

  3. The Veterinary Medicines Regulations can be found at The Veterinary Medicines (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2024 (

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