Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (1037, 1038, 1041, 1042)

Matt Carthy

Question:

1037. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the action he plans to take in response to recent media revelations outlining the current ease at which veterinary antimicrobial products may be improperly acquired in both the North and the South; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8850/21]

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Matt Carthy

Question:

1038. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the safeguards in place to ensure that veterinary practices adhere to all regulations when dispensing antimicrobial products; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8851/21]

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Matt Carthy

Question:

1041. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the safeguards in place to ensure that veterinary prescriptions are issued by vets only to animals under their care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8854/21]

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Matt Carthy

Question:

1042. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the communication he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Ireland Executive on ensuring regulations pertaining to the dispensing of antimicrobial products are adhered to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8855/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1037, 1038, 1041 and 1042 together.

My Department implements a range of regular and systematic inspection and control measures along the animal production and food supply chain to protect consumers of Irish food, and the health and welfare of animals by providing for effective regulation of the supply, distribution and use of Irish veterinary medicines.

My Department officials met recently (November 2020) with the UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland. Resulting from this meeting a commitment to establish regular formal meetings between the regulatory authorities in Ireland - DAFM, Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) & the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) and UK/NI (VMD, DAERA & the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) counterparts was agreed. The next meeting of officials from these bodies is scheduled for April 2021.