The HPRA monitors the quality, safety and efficacy of veterinary medicines on an ongoing basis. Our monitoring system is based on reports of suspected adverse reactions (a process known as pharmacovigilance). The system records both adverse effects reported from Ireland, as well as from other countries around the world where the product is marketed.
An adverse reaction is a harmful or unintentional side effect experienced by an animal following the use of a medicine. The HPRA also monitors harmful or unintended effects in humans 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 monitor residues in foodstuffs; where residues in excess of permitted EU levels are detected they are investigated and where necessary the HPRA is informed and engaged.
This section of our website includes safety and reporting information that is primarily intended for veterinarians, pharmacists, licensed merchants and animal owners.