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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

DR.AM.1 Key

Standards

Only authorised veterinary medicines are used.

How you will be measured

DR.AM.1.a

POM-V products are prescribed by a vet.

DR.AM.1.b

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

DR.AM.2 Key

Standards

Veterinary medicines must be used appropriately. (Revised)

How you will be measured

DR.AM.2.a

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

DR.AM.2.b

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

DR.AM.2.c

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

DR.AM.2.d

Antibiotic footbaths must not be used in milking stock.

DR.AM.2.1

Standards

Udder and hoof care products must not contain quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs).

How you will be measured

DR.AM.2.1.a

Either the chemical data sheet or a warranty declaration from the supplier confirms product does not contain QACs.

Chemical data sheets/warranty declaration

DR.AM.3

Standards

Veterinary medicines must only be administered by demonstrably competent persons.

How you will be measured

DR.AM.3.a

Person undertaking task has relevant experience or training.

Named in HHP or training records

DR.AM.3.1

Standards

At least one person, who is responsible for administering medicines has undertaken training and holds a certificate of competence/attendance from training undertaken since October 2016.

How you will be measured

DR.AM.3.1.a

Training courses cover at least: - medicine types- medicine handling- administration- medicine storage - recording requirements- avoiding residues
  • Certificate of competence/attendance
  • Training records

DR.AM.4

Standards

Veterinary medicines must be stored appropriately. (Revised)

How you will be measured

DR.AM.4.a

Kept in a locked storage facility/room.This must not be in the same room as that classified as the dairy.

DR.AM.4.b

Stored in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

DR.AM.4.c

Medicated feed is kept in separate clearly labelled bulk storage or bags.

DR.AM.4.d

Medicines that require refrigeration and are stored in a domestic fridge are stored in a container.

DR.AM.5

Standards

Purchase records for all veterinary medicines must be kept.

How you will be measured

DR.AM.5.a

Records detail:- identity of medicine- quantity- date of purchase- supplier name and address - expiry date(s)- batch number(s)

DR.AM.5.b

Medicine purchase records are kept for 5 years.

DR.AM.5.c

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

DR.AM.6 Key

Standards

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

How you will be measured

DR.AM.6.a

Records detail:- identity of medicine- date of administration- quantity administered- length of withdrawal period for meat/milk- identification of the animal or group of animals administered- batch number - number of animals treated- date treatment finished- date animal/milk becomes fit for human consumption- name of person administering medicine- reason for treatment

DR.AM.6.b

Medicine administration records are kept for 5 years.

Medicine administration records

DR.AM.7

Standards

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

How you will be measured

DR.AM.7.a

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

DR.AM.7.b

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

DR.AM.7.c

Records of medicine disposal are kept, detailing:- identity of medicine- batch Number- quantity- date of disposal- route of disposal

DR.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

DR.AM.8

Standards

Medicine records must provide an annual collation of total antibiotic used for the farm.

How you will be measured

DR.AM.8.a

Products collated by product name either by vet from prescription data or completed by farmer from medicine records.

Collation of antibiotic use

DR.AM.9 Key

Standards

Use of HP-CIA antibiotics (i.e. those belonging to Category B “Restrict”, as defined by the European Medicines Agency), must only be as a last resort, under veterinary direction. (Revised)

How you will be measured

DR.AM.9.a

Use is supported by a veterinary statement outlining the justification for use, including sensitivity testing and/or diagnostics (this can occur parallel with treatment).

Vet statement

DR.AM.10 Key

Standards

Livestock being treated must be clearly identified and prescribed withdrawal periods complied with.

How you will be measured

DR.AM.10.a

System in place that ensures no contaminated milk enters tank or/and no livestock are presented for slaughter before the withdrawal period has expired- for farm to farm sales, animals under statutory withdrawal periods are accompanied by a withdrawal period declaration

DR.AM.10.b

Means of identification remains in place for the full withdrawal period.

DR.AM.10.c

Withdrawal period for cascade use is in accordance with veterinary prescription (standard minimum is seven days for milk – followed by milk testing and 28 days for meat).

Withdrawal period declaration

DR.AM.11

Standards

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

How you will be measured

DR.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

DR.AM.11.b

Broken needle policy is followed.

DR.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