Parallel Importation

Parallel importation is the importation from an EU Member State or a country within the European Economic Area of a veterinary medicine which is therapeutically equivalent to a veterinary medicine already authorised in Ireland. The parallel importer is a company other than the importer appointed by the marketing authorisation holder of the product on the Irish market. Once authorised by the HPRA, the parallel imported product may then be distributed in Ireland.

An authorisation for a parallel-imported product is identified by the letters 'PVPA' in front of the authorisation number. Further information on the licensing of parallel-imported products is available in the Guide and Application form for Parallel Importation which can be found at the below links:

Guide to Parallel imports for Veterinary Medicines

Application for a Parallel Veterinary product authorisation

The HPRA is not in a position to assess or comment on trademark or copyright issues relating to parallel importation. Further information on these issues can be found in the European Commission communication COM(2003) 839, available on the European Commission website. Please note that the parallel-import of veterinary medicines which have been authorised by the European Commission must be notified to the European Medicines Agency using the centralised procedure. For more information, please consult the EMA website.