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The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): We have received advice from the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) on the implications of the IOM report for marketing authorisations of OPs and, in particular, OP sheep dips. A copy of the VPC's advice has been placed in the Library of the House.
We have accepted the VPC's recommendation that marketing authorisation holders should be asked to submit practical and workable plans to improve and standardise the design of sheep dip containers with the objective of minimising operator contact with OP concentrate. If such plans are not submitted within three months, action will be commenced to revoke marketing authorisations.
We have also accepted recommendations on emphasising the importance of handling OP concentrate safely in advice to farmers and in training and the examination which leads to the issue of a certificate of competence. We are giving urgent consideration to the recommendation that handlers of OP sheep dip concentrate should be required to hold a certificate of competence.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hayman): We have carefully considered all the areas of concern raised by respondents in what has been a very active consultation process. We will be announcing our detailed response on specific issues and we will be responding positively
Bound and published volumes have been placed in the Library containing the 1998 reports of the Medicines Commission, the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission and the Veterinary Products Committee.
We are pleased to acknowledge the valuable work undertaken by the distinguished members of the Medicines Act advisory boards and thank them for the time and considerable effort dedicated in the public interest to this important work.
Baroness Hayman: We have received the report and copies have been laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the requirements of Section 5(2) and (3) of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921. Copies have also been placed in the Library.
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