Message from the Secretary General and President
As newly appointed President in July 2016 and a first full year as Secretary General we have had a very full agenda this year as animal health issues were in the spotlight both in the global arena but also on a European level. With the EU legislation governing our products currently undergoing revision and the emergence of new diseases for Europe, 2016 has been a challenging yet rewarding year. In this annual report, we provide an overview of a few key highlights from the past year.
Facilitating an exchange of information
Working with the European institutions, the ministries and the regulatory authorities has been very rewarding this year, as the exchanges of dialogue have been forthcoming as well as beneficial to all parties. Increasing exchanges with our stakeholders have also led to enhanced partnerships and collaboration on key issues such as sustainable food production, One Health and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
IFAH-Europe is keen to keep up this cooperative approach and very much looks forward to participating in the One Health Network to be established under the Commission’s new action plan on AMR as well as the new EU animal welfare platform. We also look forward to continued collaboration with the European Medicines Agency and the European Food Safety Authority where we are again a registered stakeholder.
Monitoring the legislative review
We have been eagerly following the legislations on veterinary medicines and medicated feed continue slowly but steadfastly through first reading, and we very much hope for renewed impetus in 2017 to keep the review on target in terms of key objectives leading to the adoption of a future-proof set of rules. As we see diseases, such as lumpy skin disease or African swine fever, affecting animals and our farming sector, rarely or never before reported in Europe, it is clear that a simplified yet robust regulatory framework adapted to the needs and specificities of the animal health sector in Europe is of great importance.
An active secretariat
Our secretariat has been diligently working throughout 2016 promoting the benefits of veterinary medicines to society and finding out what European citizens know about our products. We have also been very actively monitoring and responding to issues impacting the veterinary medicines sector and remain dedicated to enhancing our activities and implementing new strategies in key areas such as research and innovation, the environment and sustainability, and animal welfare, to name but a few.
A year for celebration
In 2017, we will celebrate 30 years of existence as a Brussels-based trade association and have a few surprises up our sleeve for the third quarter. Watch this space!
We will remain committed to showing just how much animal health matters and forge ahead with our vision to increase the availability of medicines to better manage, treat and prevent animal disease in Europe.
IFAH-Europe is the federation representing manufacturers of veterinary medicines, vaccines and other animal health products in Europe. For more information please see our website.