Vet medicines fear over no-deal Brexit

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

NOAH, which rep­re­sents the UK an­i­mal medicines in­dus­try, has wel­comed the pub­li­ca­tion of the gov­ern­ment’s first no-deal Brexit plan­ning no­tices.

But it said that busi­ness re­mains very con­cerned about the lack of suf­fi­cient time to ex­e­cute a smooth EU exit process with­out in­ter­rup­tion to the avail­abil­ity of vi­tal vet­eri­nary medicines.

NOAH chair Gaynor Hil­lier said: ‘The pro­duc­tion and sup­ply of vet­eri­nary medicines is to­tally de­pen­dent on com­plex in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chains that must con­tinue to func­tion ef­fec­tively af­ter Brexit, their unique sta­tus be­ing recog­nised in the re­cent gov­ern­ment White Paper.

‘Raw ma­te­ri­als will need to ar­rive at man­u­fac­tur­ing sites and vet­eri­nary medicines will need to be trans­ported across bor­ders to meet mar­ket re­quire­ments.

‘Any bor­der de­lays, additional com­plex pro­cesses or in­creased costs will risk medicines avail- abil­ity for UK vets, farm­ers and all our an­i­mals.’

Com­pa­nies have been car­ry­ing out ex­ten­sive Brexit con­tin­gency plan­ning, cov­er­ing all as­pects of their sup­ply chains, from reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance and stock­ing lev­els to lo­gis­tics and cus­toms.

But, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent NOAH mem­ber sur­vey, less than 15 per cent of com­pa­nies say they are pre­pared for a hard Brexit, with the vast ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents say­ing they are not fully pre­pared should there be a re­ver­sion to WTO (World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion) rules on March 30, 2019.This is nei­ther through lack of ef­fort, nor un­aware­ness of the need to act, but due to the mag­ni­tude of the com­plex tasks in­volved in such a spe­cial­ist sec­tor. Fur­ther­more, be­cause the gov­ern­ment has not yet set out the ex­act ar­range­ments that will op­er­ate in the UK in case of a no-deal Brexit, it is very hard for in­dus­try to be sure that they are pre­pared.

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