Supporting NOAH members through the Brexit negotiations – a blog from CEO Dawn Howard

NOAH-Chief-Executive-Dawn-Howard

Brexit – possible impact for veterinary medicines

It’s just over a week since the British people voted to leave the EU. Now that we have all recovered from the shock and the realisation that we’re probably facing a future outside of the EU, the main question for NOAH is what does this mean for our members?

As a trade association, NOAH is ideally placed to help inform members on the latest developments, help to steer a course through new legislation and talk with UK politicians to get the best for animal health.

The UK’s future relationship with the EU and access to the single market will be critical for everyone, whatever their business.

We are currently in an uncertain political environment, facing leadership elections and a new Prime Minister with new priorities. The exact timescale and process for our exit from the EU is unknown, Parliament may have to agree a Bill to repeal the European Communities Act before triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. All this is to be followed by two years of intense EU negotiations, which may be complete by the end of 2018/19.   It could then take a further10 years to years fully implement the outcome of these negotiations.

One thing is clear, we do not want to miss the opportunity presented by new veterinary medicines legislation, as proposed by the European Commission, with the benefits of reduced administrative burden and stimulating investment and innovation in our sector. Indeed the prospect of an improved EU single market can be a benefit whether we are in the EU or not.

NOAH will be calling for the UK to mirror EU regulations where possible – such as licensing procedures and product packaging – to avoid barriers to trade or additional cost of complying with a dual UK:EU regulatory system. We are confident that our government will wish to continue to reduce unnecessary red tape.

Over the coming weeks we will be publishing regular updates for NOAH members on our ‘Members Homepage’ to keep you up to date with the latest developments and views across the industry.