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New charity aims to improve capacity for regulating animal medicine

SEBI director Andy Peters attends the launch of SMArt, a new charity to improve the regulation of veterinary medicines worldwide.

New SMArt board trustees at the launch event in London, 11 March 2020. Photo credit: SEBI
New SMArt board trustees at the launch event in London. From L-R: Lois Muraguri (GALVmed), Prof Andy Peters (SEBI), Pete Borriello and Abi Seager from (VMD) and Lord Sandy Trees (Chair of Trustees).

In Low and Middle-Income countries, regulatory systems for manufacture, distribution and use of animal medicines are at varying stages of development and sophistication. This poses challenges to animal health initiatives in these countries. Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI), a programme based at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, has been navigating some of these regulatory challenges. In line with this work, Prof. Andy Peters, SEBI Director, was invited to be a Board trustee of SMArt: Smart Medicines for Animals by regulatory training.

This new charity, which was launched on 11 March in London at the House of Lords, aims to improve regulatory capacity in veterinary medicines in Low and Middle-Income Countries. SMArt is established by the UK’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and has also benefited from a priming fund from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The regulatory work links with efforts by the SEBI ( Supporting Evidence Based Interventions), to work with regulatory systems for improving livestock health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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