Veterinary medicinal products

Veterinary medicinal products such as antibiotics are important for the treatment of sick animals. Their responsible use serves animal health and animal welfare. Before veterinary medicinal products can be used, they have to be tested for quality, effectiveness and safety.

A vetinary prepares an injection in the cowshed
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How does the antimicrobials minimisation concept in livestock farming work?

With the entry into force of the 16th amendment of the German Drug Act, a “benchmarking system” was established as an instrument for the minimisation of antimicrobial use in livestock farming. The system is based on a comparison of the farm-specific treatment frequency with the nationwide indicators of treatment frequency. This comparison is carried out separately according to livestock species and age groups.


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