NOAH speaks at RUMA/VMD Conference – Responsible Use: Ideas Into Action

“NOAH is investing in its Compendium to ensure veterinary medicines information is more accessible and easy to use, to support responsible use,” said Chief Executive of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), Dawn Howard.

She was speaking today (3 November) at the joint conference hosted by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) together with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) on the responsible use of medicines in animals.

“The whole theme of the conference is ‘Ideas into Action’ and NOAH’s data sheet Compendium, with over 2500 visits a day, is an essential tool already active in supporting responsible prescribing and use,” Mrs Howard said. “Our Compendium book, sent free of charge to each veterinary practice and with a special AMTRA-commissioned SQP edition, remains a go-to source to support prescribing decisions.”

“NOAH’s latest investment, to link the website information to a mobile app, will be launching shortly. This will give additional easy and fast ‘off-line’ access to up-to-date veterinary medicines information. For example it will be even easier to check dose rate and indications for use and will help with food chain compliance requirements such as withdrawal periods.”

“NOAH, as a member of the RUMA Alliance, is delighted to be involved with the RUMA/VMD conference. This shows that industry and government, working together, can help vets and farmers use medicines responsibly, an important step in minimising the development of antibiotic resistance.” she added.

John FitzGerald, RUMA General Secretary, said “there has been much mention of responsible medicine use in both human and animal sectors and this One Health Conference aims to take this a stage further by investigating how we can turn “Ideas into Action”.

3 November 2015

Notes for Editors

  1. The National Office of Animal Health represents the UK animal medicines industry. Its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.

  2. For more information contact Alison Glennon, NOAH, 3 Crossfield Chambers, Gladbeck Way, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 7HF. Tel: 020 8367 3131. Email:

  3. RUMA is an alliance of 24 organisations representing every stage of the “farm to fork” process which aims to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines on farm. For further information contact RUMA Secretary General John FitzGerald ( or see the RUMA website

  4. VMD (an Executive Agency of Defra) is the UK regulator of veterinary medicines assuring their safety, quality and effectiveness. For further information about the VMD contact Matthew Isted at or search for the VMD on

  5. RUMA and the VMD are very grateful for the generous support from Sainsbury’s who have provided the venue and all catering free of charge.