What is an SQP
What is a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP)?
An SQP is a category of professionally qualified persons who are entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicinal products under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. It is the duty of an SQP to ensure that the statutory requirements in respect of the prescription and/or supply of certain veterinary medicinal products are respected.
That’s the official definition but what do we really do?
An SQP is an animal medicines advisor and in my case that is an E-SQP which means I can prescribe and supply for both equines and companion animals.
First off, a very brief history of how where we are today came about. Back in the mists of time it was rightly decided that all those supplying animal medicines should be registered and approved and as I was at that time supplying such items I was approved by “Grandfather rights” i.e. providing I stayed within the code of practice and operated from approved premises I was allowed to continue to ply my trade. Some time later the EU decided that the situation in the UK with regard to supplying such medicines was in need of change by removing the rights of SQPs to prescribe and supply. Naturally many of us in the industry were aghast at such a decision and after many negotiations and a concerted effort of cooperation from all interested parties including BETA we in the UK were allowed a concession to continue supplying, provided that all those personnel involved not only increased their knowledge by study and examination but under took Continued Professional Development (CPD). During this process AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority) had been tasked to ensure that the marketing and distribution of animal medicines in the
So when you next need expert advice on an animal health plan that includes worming your horse or treating your pet for fleas or worms make sure you enlist the help and advice of an SQP (Suitably Qualified Person)
Watch a video here about just what a SQP is This video is not an epic production just a few guide lines as to what an SQP is and does recorded at a very early hour by Simon
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