A veterinary medicine cannot be legally sold or supplied in Ireland without a marketing authorisation. In most cases the basis for classifying a particular product as a veterinary medicine is clear. However, in other cases, the position might be less clear, for example where a product includes ingredients that appear to be nutritional in nature but do in fact have pharmacological activity. In cases such as these, we have a procedure in place to review an application and to decide whether the product is a veterinary medicine, or is 'out-of-scope' of the legislation.
Under national legislation (S.I. No. 36 of 2022) the HPRA is the competent authority for deciding the categorisation of a product as a veterinary medicine or not.
For more information see the Guide to the Definition of an Animal Remedy and the Classification Process
. This guide also contains information on the steps involved in the classification procedure. The relevant application form is available from the Publications section of our website (Publications > Classification enquiries).