The Veterinary Batch Release Network (VBRN) for immunological veterinary medicinal products (IVMPs) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), UK, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to renew the exchange and collaboration on common activities related to batch release of IVMPs post-Brexit.
The MOU is in force from 22/12/2021. It makes the VMD an observer to the VBRN and reinstates the sharing of information related to batch release in this field.
Mutual recognition of certificates is however outside the scope of this MOU. Mutual recognition of Official Control Authority Batch Release (OCABR) and Official Batch Protocol Review (OBPR), as defined in the EU legislation, would require a formal agreement between the EU and the UK that included these activities. The network looks forward to continuing a fruitful exchange with the VMD, UK in the new framework.