EU ‘step for­ward’ for an­i­mal health

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THE fu­ture re­la­tion­ship be­tween the UK and Europe over an­i­mal health has moved ‘a step for­ward’ with the gov­ern­ment’s ‘po­lit­i­cal dec­la­ra­tion’.

NOAH (Na­tional Of­fice for An­i­mal Health) said it recog­nises the im­por­tance of the po­lit­i­cal dec­la­ra­tion in paving the way to a suc­cess­ful fu­ture for the an­i­mal health sec­tor.

NOAH chief ex­ec­u­tive Dawn Howard said in a press re­lease: ‘NOAH’s pri­or­ity is for the sec­tor to con­tinue to thrive in the post-Brexit land­scape through a col­lab­o­ra­tive and co­op­er­a­tive reg­u­la­tory sys­tem and re­la­tion­ship with the EU and in­ter­na­tional part­ners.

‘A suc­cess­ful an­i­mal health sec­tor is es­sen­tial for the health and wel­fare of the na­tion’s an­i­mals.’

NOAH is pleased that the dec­la­ra­tion pro­motes an ‘am­bi­tious, broad, deep and flex­i­ble part­ner­ship’ with ‘pro­vi­sions to pro­mote reg­u­la­tory ap­proaches that are trans­par­ent, ef­fi­cient, pro­mote avoid­ance of un­nec­es­sary bar­ri­ers to trade’.

And the or­gan­i­sa­tion par­tic­u­larly wel­comes the com­mit­ment to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween UK au­thor­i­ties and the Euro­pean Medicines Agency (EMA), and notes that the UK par­lia­ment had voted in July that the UK should ne­go­ti­ate to re­main in the EMA.

Above: Dawn Howard

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