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Veterinary Medicine: Northern Ireland

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 132535, tabled on 25 January 2023

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to help protect supply chains between Great Britain and Northern Ireland for veterinary medicines.

Answered on

2 February 2023

On 19 December 2022, the European Commission extended the grace period for veterinary medicines for a further three years, until 31 December 2025. This grace period maintains the current status quo regarding the supply chain requirements for moving veterinary medicines into Northern Ireland. The Government continues to work with the European Commission and the UK veterinary medicines industry to find a permanent, durable solution to the issues facing veterinary medicines that are related to the Northern Ireland Protocol.