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ANIMAL MEDICINES

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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

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Aim:

ANIMAL MEDICINES

TG.AM.1 Key

Standards

Only authorised veterinary medicines are used. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.1.a

POM-V products are prescribed by a vet.

TG.AM.1.b

POM-VPS products are prescribed by a vet, pharmacist or Suitably Qualified Person (SQP)/Registered Animal Medicines Advisor (RAMA)

TG.AM.1.c

An approved medicines list, compiled in conjunction with a vet, is kept, listing:- storage- administration- active ingredient- withdrawal period- dosage- duration of treatment- circumstances for use

Approved medicines list with definition of a VMP (i.e. includes vaccines, antimicrobials, anthelmintics, anaesthetic, medicated feed)

TG.AM.2 Key

Standards

Veterinary medicines must be used appropriately. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.2.a

Prescription-only medicines are used in accordance with the prescription.

TG.AM.2.b

General Sales Medicines (AVM-GSL) (non-prescription) are used in accordance with manufacturers’ or veterinary instructions.

TG.AM.2.c

Expired medicines and open medicines not used within specified timescale (in-use shelf-life) are not used.

TG.AM.3

Standards

Veterinary medicines must only be administered by demonstrably competent persons.

How you will be measured

TG.AM.3.a

Person undertaking task has relevant experience or training.

TG.AM.4

Standards

Veterinary medicines must be stored appropriately. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.4.a

Kept in a locked storage facility/room.

TG.AM.4.b

Stored in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

TG.AM.4.d

Medicines are not stored in the same refrigerator as food/drink.

TG.AM.4.e

Refrigerators are temperature checked at least weekly, whenever medicines are stored in them

Refrigerator temperature records

TG.AM.5

Standards

Purchase records for all veterinary medicines must be kept.

How you will be measured

TG.AM.5.a

Records detail:- identity of medicine- quantity- date of purchase- supplier name & address - batch number(s) and assigned bottle number if using for administration records- expiry date(s)

TG.AM.5.b

Medicine purchase records are kept for 5 years.

TG.AM.5.c

Medicated Feeding Stuff Prescriptions (MFSPs) are kept for 5 years.
  • Medicine purchase records
  • MFSPs (may be held centrally by parent company)

TG.AM.6 Key

Standards

Records must be kept of all administered veterinary medicines (paper and/or electronic). (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.6.a

Records detail:- identity of medicine- date of administration- quantity of medicine administered- length of withdrawal period for meat and eggs- identification of the bird or group of birds to whichadministered- batch number(s) or assigned bottle number linked back to purchase records- number of birds treated- date treatment finished- date when bird(s)/eggs becomes fit for human consumption- name of person administering medicine- reason for treatment

TG.AM.6.b

Medicine administration records are kept for 5 years.
  • Medicine administration records
  • Veterinary prescriptions

TG.AM.7

Standards

Veterinary medicines, their containers and administration equipment must be disposed of responsibly. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.7.a

Expired and unusable medicines awaiting disposal are stored separately to in-use medicines

TG.AM.7.b

Used needles and blades are stored in a dedicated sharps container pending disposal.

TG.AM.7.c

Records of medicine disposal are kept, detailing:- identity of medicine- batch/bottle number- quantity- date of disposal- route of disposal

TG.AM.7.d

Medicines, their containers and administration equipment are disposed of through the supplier, a registered waste disposal contractor or local authority, referring to the product literature for further guidance.
  • Medicine disposal records
  • Waste transfer note/receipt

TG.AM.8

Standards

Total antibiotic used per crop must be measured as Milligrams active antibiotic per population correction unit (mg/PCU) and recorded.

How you will be measured

TG.AM.8.a

Total amount of antibiotic used per crop known by farm manager.

TG.AM.8.b

Total antibiotic used per crop calculated using the following method: ‘Milligrammes of active antibiotic used per crop’ divided by ‘(Number of birds slaughtered including rejects x 1.75kg)'.

Total antibiotic used per crop recorded in medicine administration records

TG.AM.8.1

Standards

Prophylactic administration of antibiotics is not permitted. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.8.1.a

Antibiotics are used only for treatment of disease, following diagnosis and/or clinical signs of disease in all or part of the flock and under veterinary direction.

TG.AM.8.2

Standards

Antibiotic usage must be supported by veterinary intervention.

How you will be measured

TG.AM.8.2.a

Use of antibiotics supported by at least one of the following:- post mortem report- site visit report by vet- other written instruction from a vet

Medicine administration records supported by vet's post mortem report/vet site visit report and/or veterinary instruction

TG.AM.9 Key

Standards

The use of 3rd and 4th generation cephalosporins, glycopeptides and colistin are not permitted.

TG.AM.9.1 Key

Standards

Use of macrolides and fluroquinolones must only be as a last resort, under veterinary direction. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.9.1.a

Use is supported by a veterinary statement outlining the justification for use.

TG.AM.9.1.b

Use is supported by written agreement from a director of the company purchasing the birds.
  • Vet statement justifying prescription
  • Written agreement from company director

TG.AM.10 Key

Standards

Systems must be in place to ensure birds receiving veterinary medicines are not presented for slaughter before the withdrawal period has expired. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TG.AM.10.a

Prescribed withdrawal periods are complied with.

TG.AM.11

Standards

Procedures must be in place to deal appropriately with needles or part needles remaining in a bird.

How you will be measured

TG.AM.11.a

Broken needle policy detailing:- how the animal should be identified- procedures around informing the abattoir if sent for slaughter- records to be kept

TG.AM.11.b

Broken needle policy is followed.

TG.AM.11.c

Livestock containing broken needles may only be sold for slaughter if the animal is identifiable up to the time of slaughter.

Broken needle policy