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Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(Mr. Elliot Morley)

I have set VMD the following performance targets for 2003–04:

To process Marketing Authorisations quickly and efficiently with decisions based on sound, high quality science;
To develop and implement an effective and evidence-based policy on the regulation of veterinary medicines, under-pinned by good science, and to provide timely advice on these matters to Ministers;
To ensure effective post-authorisation surveillance and controls on the manufacture, distribution and use of authorised medicines and effective deterrents to illegal use of unauthorised medicines;
Cost-effective service at all levels of VMD;
To contribute effectively to the Developing DEFRA programme;
To ensure the strategic skills are in place to achieve the objectives set for VMD.