Surveillance of residues
The VMD operates surveillance programmes to check that veterinary medicines are used correctly.
The Agency believes that consumers have a right to expect that any residues in foods should not present a food safety risk, that they are within safe limits according to EU legislation, and that they are as low as is practically possible.
Where the surveillance indicates a potential concern about intakes of veterinary medicines residues by consumers, the VMD informs the Agency, which then carries out a risk assessment and takes any necessary follow-up action.
You can find out more about surveillance in the UK from the VMD.
The VMD also provides the secretariat for the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) advises on the control of veterinary medicines; and the Veterinary Residues Committee (VRC) oversees a programme to monitor the UK food supply (home produced and imported food) for veterinary medicine residues.
The FSA attends the committee meetings as an assessor.