The HPRA monitors the quality, safety and efficacy of veterinary medicines on an ongoing basis.
We do this by examining any reports of suspected adverse reactions (a process known as pharmacovigilance). We monitor both adverse effects reported from Ireland, as well as from other countries around the world where the medicine is marketed.
An adverse reaction is a harmful or unintentional side effect in an animal following the use of a medicine.
We also monitor any adverse effects in humans who have been exposed to veterinary medicines, as well as any harmful effect on the environment.
In the case of veterinary medicines that are administered to food-producing animals, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) monitors residues in foodstuffs. If any residues in excess of permitted EU levels are detected they are investigated by DAFM and where necessary the HPRA is informed and engaged.