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NOAH welcomes government commitment to EMA
The UK government has pledged to continue a close working relationship with the EMA post-Brexit.
UK to continue close working relationship post-Brexit

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has welcomed a commitment made by the government to continue a close working relationship with the EU, particularly the European Medicines Agency (EMA), post-Brexit.

The pledge was made by health secretary Jeremy Hunt and business secretary Greg Clark in a letter to the Financial Times (5 July). In it, the ministers write:

’Our aim is to ensure that patients in the UK and across the EU continue to be able to access the best and most innovative medicines and be assured that their safety is protected through the strongest regulatory framework and sharing of data.’

Responding to the letter, NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said that while NOAH agrees access to medicines for human patients is vitally important, we must also ensure that our pets and farm animals have continued access to the best veterinary medicines to protect their health and welfare.
  
“Animal medicines are equally subject to the stringent regulatory controls of their human counterparts, based on EU legislation, using the EMA,” she said.
 
“Animals need medicines for the high standards of animal health essential for public health and food safety: the UK veterinary medicines sector is also essential for the wellbeing of the pets sharing 12 million UK households, as well as nearly 10,000 assistance animals and 1500 working dogs.
 
“As we leave the EU, our priority is a vibrant and innovative animal medicines sector, supporting the health and welfare of the UK’s livestock and pets. Our future regulatory model and relationship with both the EU and international partners will be critical to this success,” she said.

 

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Scheme to protect wildlife and reduce flooding

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 Natural England has announced a new scheme to improve flood protection, boost wildlife and create 160 hectares of new saltmarsh. The £6 million scheme in Lancashire will effectively unite the RSPB’s Hesketh Out Marsh Reserve and Natural England’s Ribble Estuary National Nature Reserve. The completed reserve will be the largest site of its kind in the north of England. 

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Welfare event to discuss ethical dilemmas faced by vets

Students and ethics experts will host an event on the difficult moral challenges facing vets. Ethical issues, such as euthanasia and breeding animals for certain physical traits, will be discussed by prominent speakers including TV vet Emma Milne and RSPCA chief vet James Yeates. Other topics will include how to tackle suspected animal abuse and the extent of surgical intervention.

The conference will look at how these dilemmas affect the wellbeing of vets, and explore how to better prepare veterinary students for work. It will be held at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus from 30 September - 1 October 2017. Tickets can be purchased here.