Business of Joint Committee

Apologies have been received from Deputy Kehoe. Before we begin, I remind members that in the context of the current Covid-19 restrictions, only the Chairman and staff are present in the committee room and all members must join remotely from elsewhere in the parliamentary precincts. The secretariat issues invitations to join the meeting on MS Teams and members may not participate from outside the parliamentary precincts. I ask members to mute their microphones when they are not making a contribution and to use the raise hand function to indicate. Members should note that messages sent in the meeting chat are visible to all participants. Speaking slots will be prioritised for members of the committee.

The topic for today's meeting is the regulation of veterinary medicines, including the EU regulation of veterinary medicinal products 2019/6, a topic we have put a lot of time and effort into over the past couple of months. The meeting is in two sessions. The first session, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., will be an engagement with representatives of the Health Products Regulatory Authority, HPRA, while the second, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., will be an engagement with representatives of the Veterinary Council of Ireland.