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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

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

ANIMAL MEDICINES

TH.AM.1 Key

Standards

Only authorised veterinary medicines are used. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TH.AM.1.a

POM-V products are prescribed by a vet.

TH.AM.1.b

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

TH.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)

TH.AM.2 Key

Standards

Veterinary medicines must be used appropriately. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TH.AM.2.a

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

TH.AM.2.b

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

TH.AM.2.c

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

TH.AM.3

Standards

Veterinary medicines must only be administered by demonstrably competent persons.

How you will be measured

TH.AM.3.a

Person undertaking task has relevant experience or training.

TH.AM.4

Standards

Veterinary medicines must be stored appropriately. (Revised)

How you will be measured

TH.AM.4.a

Kept in a locked storage facility/room.

TH.AM.4.b

Stored in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

TH.AM.4.d

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

TH.AM.4.e

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

Refrigerator temperature records

TH.AM.5

Standards

Purchase records for all veterinary medicines must be kept.

How you will be measured

TH.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)

TH.AM.5.b

Medicine purchase records are kept for 5 years.

Medicine purchase records

TH.AM.6 Key

Standards

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

How you will be measured

TH.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

TH.AM.6.b

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

TH.AM.7

Standards

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

How you will be measured

TH.AM.7.a

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

TH.AM.7.b

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

TH.AM.7.c

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

TH.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