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The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Welcomes Health Canada’s New Regulations to Reduce Risk of Antimicrobial Resistance to Canadians

May 24, 2017

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is pleased with Health Canada’s recent announcement of new regulations for veterinary drugs to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance to Canadians. The changes include increased veterinary oversight for antimicrobial use in animals, and restrictions on own-use-importation (OUI) and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

The new rules will come into force between November 2017 and July 2019.

“The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association welcomes the new rules announced by Health Canada as the first step in improving antimicrobial stewardship in animal health,” says Dr. Troy Bourque, CVMA President. “It addresses our long-standing concerns of antimicrobial resistance related to the unnecessary use of veterinary drug, and ensures Canada aligns with similar initiatives in other countries.”   

The CVMA submitted comments on the proposed regulatory changes when it appeared in Gazette 1 last year. Read letter here.

For several decades, the CVMA has advocated for change to have veterinary drug importation ‘loopholes’ closed to allow Canada to have complete regulatory control of such products, and encouraged the prudent use of antimicrobials in animals. You can read CVMA’s advocacy efforts here

At the beginning of 2017, CVMA also released a Pan-Canadian framework of professional standards for veterinarians to help with veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. Download here.

The CVMA has been actively working with Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the Federal Action Plan, including being part of the task team on Antimicrobial Stewardship.

The CVMA looks forward to continuing its involvement in the process as policy and practice changes come into place, in addition to the regulatory change that are required.

Visit the Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada section under the Policy & Advocacy tab of the CVMA website for more information.