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Registration of veterinary drugs and animal feed additives

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In the Netherlands, before a veterinary drug may be produced, kept in stock, supplied or administered, you will have to apply for a marketing authorisationExternal link to the Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG). Likewise, animal feed additivesExternal link may only be marketed after such an authorisation by CBG. Animal feed additives are food supplements added to animal feed, such as vitamins, minerals or flavours.

Batch release certificate

You are not allowed to market a batch of immunological veterinary drugs until after it has been approved by the authorities. You apply to CBG for a batch release certificateExternal link of the drugs. However, in order to prevent unacceptable suffering of animals for which they are responsible, veterinarians have the option to treat them with medicinesExternal link that are not approved in the Netherlands or to apply medicines that are intended for the treatment of other animal species.

Trial dispensation

If you want to conduct trials with veterinary drugs or products not permitted in animal feed, you can apply to CBG for a trial dispensation.

Registration animal antibiotics

If you are a pharmacist, veterinary surgeon or someone who keeps animals on a commercial basis, you must report the use of animal antibiotics to a dedicated databaseExternal link (in Dutch). This also applies to cattle farmers with more than 5 fattening pigs, 5 beef cattle, 5 beef calves or more than 250 poultry or rabbits.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO