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Significant Breakthrough For Exporters

8 July 2002

Access to the European market has just got easier for veterinary medicine manufacturers.

A Mutual Recognition Agreement on Good Manufacturing Process has been agreed to between New Zealand and the EC.

"It's a major breakthrough after five years of hard work," NZFSA's Programme Manager Verification, Brian Pidford, said.

It means that from this month exporters of veterinary medicines will be able to export their products to European countries without having to bring foreign inspectors to New Zealand at their own expense to inspect their processes before their products are accepted.

The inspections will now be done by AgriQuality New Zealand under contract to the NZFSA.

Mr Pidford said the agreement meant that there was now mutual recognition and trust of procedures, processes and legislation between Europe and New Zealand.

"It's great news for those companies that export to Europe. This is not something that the EU takes lightly. It took a long time and a lot of hard work to get this Mutual Recognition Agreement signed. It's been five years in the making," Mr Pidford said.

Exporters will save about $50,000 by not having to bring an inspector out from the UK.

Mr Pidford said the reaction of manufacturers to the news had been very positive.

"The companies involved in manufacturing and exporting animal remedies into Europe are significant world players and for them this is a major development. Export companies will, of course, still have to register their products, but the compliance phase of the exporting process has been made easier with the signing of this Agreement."

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