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Veterinary Services

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many marketing authorisations are extant for veterinary vaccines in the UK; and how many authorisations have been granted variations by the Veterinary Medicines Agency allowing holders of authorisations to waive the use of animals for target animal batch safety testing under European Medicines Agency guidance in the last five years. (252991)

There are 317 extant marketing authorisations for veterinary vaccines in the UK. Details of these vaccines are available on the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD) website:

www.vmd.gov.uk.

In the last five years the VMD has granted 15 variations allowing marketing authorisation holders to waive the use of animals for target animal batch safety testing.