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 the owner of wormers-direct.co.uk  was at that time supplying such items he was approved by “Grandfather rights” i.e. providing he stayed within the code of practice and operated from approved premises he was allowed to continue to ply his 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 UK is undertaken in a responsible manner by AMTRA qualified persons namely by SQPs (Suitably Qualified Person). This responsibility is not taken lightly and there are many rules and regulations both in force and enforced to make sure that medicines are supplied in a responsible and safe method. By these continuing efforts and on going liaison with all involved we in the UK have been able to enjoy, not only a highly professional and specialised body of people to advise us, but a readily available supply of necessary medicines when and where we need them. To enable us to continue to offer this service to the animal keepers of the UK our clients must bear with us when we interrogate them whenever they are in the market for such products. It is our duty to ensure that the right products are used on the right animals at the right times and in the correct doses. And that is why we ask you so many questions.

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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