September 27, 2021


European Parliament rejects ban on use of certain antibiotics for animal health


The European Union's Regulation (EU) 2019/6 on veterinary medicines is set to enter into force in January 2022.


This regulation, with regard to the prudent use of antimicrobials, sets out the main criteria for deciding which antibiotics are to be placed on a list of antibiotics reserved for human use only and thus banned from use in veterinary medicine.


However, an objection to the act's criteria was made by European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) stating that highest-priority critically important antimicrobials should be reserved for human use only.


In a majority vote, the European Parliament dismissed the motion that called for tighter restrictions on antibiotics for use in animals, thus voting to ensure that veterinarians retain access to specific life-saving treatments for both farm and companion animals by acknowledging the suitability of the criteria laid out in the act, as advised by the European Medicines Agency and supported by EU Member States.


- Pig333 / EPRUMA.