• East African countries register first veterinary product under new Mutual Recognition Procedures

    01/10/2018

    Arusha, 1st October 2018 - The first licences for a veterinary vaccine submitted for registration under the East African Community’s Mutual Recognition Procedure (MRP) have been issued.  Obtaining approval to place veterinary medicines on the market requires a marketing authorisation (licence) from the National Regulatory Authority in each country where the product is to be sold. Until now, this involved applying for a licence separately in each country. The East African Community’s (EAC’s) MRP...

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  • Statement on WHO Antibiotics Guidelines

    10/11/2017

    On 7 November, the World Health Organization released its 'Guidelines on Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals.' HealthforAnimals has issued a response outlining concerns and a suggested path forward for this document.

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  • Animal Health industry calls for greater collaboration between national governments

    21/11/2016

    Thursday 17 November 2016. HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association, called for greater cooperation between national governments to improve market access for veterinary medicines at the 5th Global Animal Health Conference in Delhi, India.

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  • What could be the next global pandemic?

    06/07/2016

    As a new Zika vaccine gives hope for 2016 Olympics, Experts warn of a host of other diseases that could entering a league of their own

    World Zoonoses Day: The threat of the Zika virus has loomed large in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games, with 40 affected territories and countries in the Americas confirmed since the outbreak began in 2015. Host country Brazil has seen 1,616 cases alone.[i] But last week, news broke of an experimental animal vaccine which could offer protection for the human population.[ii]

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  • Press release: Global survey reveals common barriers to animal health around the world

    28/06/2016

    The results from a global survey commissioned by HealthforAnimals has revealed the most common regulatory barriers shared by animal health markets worldwide.

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  • G7 Health Agenda Must Encourage Collaboration in the Fight against AMR

    25/05/2016

    Brussels, 25 May 2016 – Ahead of the G7 summit in Japan, the global animal medicines association, HealthforAnimals, is calling for greater recognition among policy makers of the crucial role animal health plays in global health, and in particular in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). G7 Health Agenda Must Encourage Human and Animal Health Collaboration in the Fight against AMR This week, as the G7 Ise-Shima Summit addresses ongoing global health issues, including the issue of...

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  • Press statement – The O’Neill AMR Report: HealthforAnimals Reacts

    19/05/2016

    Brussels, 19 May 2016 - HealthforAnimals has carefully studied the report “Review on Antimicrobial Resistance – final report” released today. The report makes observations and policy and economic suggestions related to antibiotic use in agriculture. These seem to be mostly driven by political considerations rather than scientific reality. Some proposals are to be welcomed, but some might not have the intended impact.

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  • Launch of World Animal Vaccination Day

    20/04/2016

    HealthforAnimals and the World Veterinary Association are pleased to launch the first annual World Animal Vaccination Day. Taking place on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, World Animal Vaccination Day will raise awareness of the vital role vaccines play in protecting the health of animals and, as a result, people too.

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  • Press release: The innovations feeding the world

    16/03/2016

    Empowering smallholders through innovative technologies will help meet soaring demand for animal protein in a developing world, says HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association.

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  • HealthforAnimals joins the global veterinary and medical communities in their opposition to proposed restrictions on the use of ketamine

    14/03/2016

    On 16-20 November 2015, the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold a meeting, where they will consider placing ketamine on Schedule I of the 1971 UN Convention on psychotropic substances. This re-classification will restrict the availability of ketamine. Ketamine is an important anaesthesia and it is used for veterinary medical interventions and to restrain dangerous animals. It is an important part of the veterinarian’s toolkit....

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  • Press release: Are we slowly killing our pets with kindness?

    29/02/2016

    Brussels, 29 February 2016 - More pets will develop ‘human lifestyle’ diseases because of a growing tendency to treat them like people, a leading animal health association has warned.

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  • Press release: Are we living in an age of outbreaks?

    10/02/2016

    Brussels, 11 February 2016 - The global animal medicines association has warned that further devastating infectious diseases like the Zika virus could be on the horizon if crucial steps aren’t taken.

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  • Press release: ‘As Little as Possible, as Much as Necessary’: HealthforAnimals Movie on Antibiotics and Safeguarding Animal Health and Welfare

    27/01/2016

    Brussels, 27 January 2016 - Following the landmark resolution made at the World Economic Forum in Davos to tackle antibiotic resistance, HealthforAnimals has renewed its call to promote the responsible use of antibiotics, and communicate the importance of veterinary medicine to global health for both animals and humans.

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  • Press release: Injection of vaccine innovation required to protect both animal and human lives

    19/01/2016

    Global industry report calls for further innovation to improve health outcomes

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  • HealthforAnimals Promote the Responsible Use of Antibiotics

    16/11/2015

    The global animal medicines association, HealthforAnimals, has joined the call for global action against the growing resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines. 16th-22nd November will see healthcare organisations around the world take part in World Antibiotic Awareness Week. As part of their drive to raise greater awareness on the issues surrounding the use of antibiotics, and in an attempt to dispel inaccurate or misleading information HealthforAnimals’ have published a...

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  • VICH adopts its priorities for the next 5 years

    02/11/2015

    At its 32nd meeting held in Tokyo on 25, 26 and 30 October 2015, the VICH Steering Committee adopted the new VICH priorities for the years 2016 through 2020, with particular focus on its global outreach strategy. The meeting was held in conjunction with VICH 5 public Conference, 28 - 29 October; the theme was Reaching Out to the World. It was attended by 189 participants from 23 countries. During the Conference the debate focused on the benefits of VICH Guidelines for non-VICH member...

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  • Celebrating 'Man's best friend' with interactive infographic for World Dog Day

    18/08/2015

    Press release: Brussels, 26 August 2015 - Around the world humankind benefits from its relationship with dogs; a truth which is at the core of World Dog Day, celebrated on 26 August. In recognition and celebration of the age-old union between Man and Dog, HealthforAnimals has created an online interactive infograophic, detailing the many valuable roles dogs perform in societies all around the world Download the full press statement here

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  • Codex Alimentarius Advances Food Safety Standards for Animal Health

    14/07/2015

    Brussels, Belgium, 14 July 2015 - HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association, attended the 38th Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) meeting in Geneva (6-11 July). The Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted global food safety standards for three veterinary products, Derquantel (sheep tissues), Emamectin Benzoate (salmon and trout tissues) and Monepantel (sheep tissues). Furthermore, the Commission agreed to hold the consideration of global food safety standards for bovine...

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  • HealthforAnimals say now is the time to take the bite out of deadly rabies

    06/07/2015

    4th annual World Zoonosis Day – 6th July 2015 Leading voices unite in call to work together to stop the preventable disease that causes 60,000 deaths annually New infographic highlights the increasing zoonosis threat and the need to take action now Brussels, 6th July 2015 – Rabies is a zoonotic disease meaning that it can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, e.g. through a bite from a dog or bat. It is found on all continents except for Antarctica but thanks to rabies vaccines, it...

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  • Global Animal Health Conference Addresses Regulatory Barriers

    24/06/2015

    Dar Es Salaam, 24-25 June 2015 - The 4th Global Animal Health Conference, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by HealthforAnimals (formerly known as IFAH), takes place on 24th - 25th June 2015. Being held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the aim of this year’s conference is to help break down the regulatory barriers that prevent some developing countries from accessing quality veterinary medicines. These medicines are important to protect not only animal health but human health...

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  • Global Animal Health Industry Urges G7 Nations to Promote Cross-Cooperation between Human and Veterinary Sectors to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

    08/06/2015

    Brussels, Belgium, 7-8 June 2015 – HealthforAnimals welcomes initiatives to table the issue of antibiotic resistance at the 41st G7 Summit in Upper Bavaria on 7 and 8 June 2015. The association believes it is important that antibiotics, which are vital tools in any veterinarian’s and medical doctors’ toolbox, are used responsibly whenever they are employed, whether by the human medical world, the veterinary sector, or elsewhere. Antibiotics are a vital part of the veterinarian’s toolkit. They...

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  • IFAH announces new identity as 'HealthforAnimals'

    29/05/2015

    Brussels, 1st June 2015 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the global organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines, has today announced its new name and visual identity. The not-for-profit organisation will now be known as HealthforAnimals. The name change better reflects the organisation’s vision to communicate the important contribution the animal health sector brings to society, and broadens its influence and impact as the global voice of...

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  • IFAH Unveils One World, One Health Animation

    11/05/2015

    To celebrate the One Health initiative and highlight its key achievements to date, IFAH has launched a new animated video called One World, One Health. Launched today, the video can be viewed on the IFAH YouTube channel and on www.ifahsec.org. One Health is a global concept which forges collaboration between human and animal health, to achieve better health for people, animals and the environment. IFAH’s animation showcases some of the key medical developments and discoveries which could have...

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  • IFAH Commends World Veterinary Day for Raising Awareness of Vector-borne Diseases

    23/04/2015

    IFAH has commended World Veterinary Day (Saturday 25th April), which was created to highlight the lifesaving work performed by vets around the globe, for raising awareness of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) with zoonotic potential. Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, IFAH Executive Director, says: “We’re delighted that this year’s World Veterinary Day theme will highlight the issues caused by vector-borne diseases. VBDs is a topic that IFAH has had a strong focus on for the last 12 months, acknowledging...

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  • George Heidgerken Appointed President of IFAH

    18/03/2015

    Brussels, 18 March 2015 – George Heidgerken has been appointed for a two-year term as President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the worldwide organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines. Corporate Senior Vice President of Boehringer Ingelheim and Global Head of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, George Heidgerken has extensive and global experience of the animal health sector. Prior to his current position, he sat as President and CEO of...

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  • IFAH Press Release: Launch of white paper on vector-borne disease with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    27/11/2014

    Brussels, 27 November 2015 - Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) currently account for 17% of the global burden of all infectious diseases. The most deadly of which, malaria, causes an estimated 627,000 deaths annually. Conditions that affect livestock can also have a significant economic impact, for example trypanosomiasis accounts for losses in cattle production of up to 1.2 billion dollars a year. Download the press release: IFAH whitepaper launch Download IFAH's 2014 white paper, the growing...

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  • IFAH reinforces call for transparency, monitoring and education on responsible use of antibiotics

    29/09/2014

    Amsterdam, 29 September 2014 – As global experts come together at the 3rd International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Amsterdam, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) reinforces its message of responsible use of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicines.

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  • IFAH calls for combined innovation strategies on World Rabies Day

    25/09/2014

    Brussels 27 September 2014 – On World Rabies Day 2014 (28 September 2014), the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is calling for better coordination between goverments, regulators, healthcare providers and the public to tackle the multidimensional impacts of rabies by ensuring that everyone has access to innovations available for its prevention and control. Though well-controlled in Europe, rabies is still very much an immediate threat to human and animal populations in Africa...

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  • VICH Launches New Website and Logo

    08/05/2014

    Brussels, 8 May 2014 – VICH, the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products, is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website www.vichsec.org. Hand-in-hand with the website update we are also pleased to present our new logo which adds a more contemporary look to the organisation as it approaches its twentieth anniversary. The website home page welcomes visitors with a modern design featuring engaging...

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  • IFAH Highlights Vital Role of Animal Health Industry in Maintaining Welfare on World Veterinary Day

    25/04/2014

    Brussels, 25th April 2014 - The International Federation for Animal Health is using the welfare focus of this year’s World Veterinary Day on the 26th April to highlight the vital role that vets and the wider animal health industry play in ensuring animal health and welfare, as well as protecting public health. Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, IFAH Executive Director, says “At the heart of animal welfare is their health and this is the core competence of veterinarians around the world. When we think...

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  • IFAH Supports World Health Organisation in Safeguarding Public Health by Fighting Vector-Borne Disease

    06/04/2014

    Brussels, 7th April 2014 – On World Health Day, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has highlighted vector-borne disease as a topic of critical importance for global public health. Nearly half of the world’s human population is infected with at least one type of vector-borne disease(i) and according to The World Health Organisation (WHO), more than one million die from vector-borne diseases each year. With this international public threat continuing to grow, this year’s World...

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  • Carel du Marchie Sarvaas is new Executive Director of IFAH

    18/12/2013

    Brussels, 18 December 2013 – Carel du Marchie Sarvaas has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the worldwide organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines. Du Marchie Sarvaas, a Dutch national, is currently director of agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries. He brings with him many years of experience as a senior public affairs and communications advisor in...

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  • Animal Health Industry supports the FDA’s proposals on responsible use of antibiotics in food-producing animals

    12/12/2013

    Brussels, Belgium, 12 December 2013 –The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is supportive of the US’s Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement this week of its plan to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics in food-producing animals. Antibiotics are a vital tool in any veterinarian’s toolbox, and are to be used responsibly whenever they are employed. The FDA’s plan establishes a three year timeframe to phase out growth promotion use of medically important...

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  • IFAH calls for joint efforts to overcome barriers to control emerging and re-emerging diseases

    05/11/2013

    IFAH report emphasises need for wider collaborative discussions with international stakeholders London, 5 November 2013 – Today the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is launching a white paper on Emerging and Re-emerging Animal Diseases – Barriers to Disease Control at a stakeholder event being held at the Royal Society in London. The report concludes that increased investment in education, research, and institutional effectiveness is required at the local, national and global...

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  • IFAH to call for innovative solutions for a sustainable food supply at Global Animal Health conference

    16/10/2013

    Arlington, Virginia, 16 October 2013 – In the context of World Food Day, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) will stress the importance of a harmonised science-based regulatory environment for maximising the development and use of animal health products to support food security and sustainability around the globe at the third Global Animal Health Conference taking place tomorrow in Arlington. Hosted by IFAH in partnership with the Drug Information Association (DIA), the...

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  • Video message from IFAH President

    04/10/2013

    Brussels, 4 October, 2013 – Jeff Simmons, President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), addressed the animal health industry across the world today with a message of encouragement, highlighting various accomplishments over the past year and outlining current and future priorities. Underlining the value of healthy animals to society, IFAH’s President calls on global leaders to develop innovative solutions in animal health and the food chain to meet the challenging needs of...

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  • Animal Health Industry commends the Codex Alimentarius Commission for its success over the last 50 years

    01/07/2013

    Brussels, 1 July 2013 –The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) congratulates the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) on its 50th Anniversary. CAC has had, and continues to have, a vital role in setting global standards to ensure that food is safe for consumers around the world. IFAH works closely with CAC to help establish science- based standards for animal health products so that animal-sourced food is safe. Animals, like humans, are exposed to disease and illness that, if left...

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  • Animal Health Industry Calls on G8 Nations to Promote Responsible Use of Antibiotics

    12/06/2013

    Brussels, Belgium, 12 June 2013 –The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), welcomes initiatives to table the issue of antibiotic resistance at the G8 Summit. The federation believes it is important that antibiotics, vital tools in any medical doctor’s and veterinarian’s toolbox, are used responsibly whenever they are employed, whether by the human medical world, the veterinary sector, or elsewhere. Like people, animals get sick and need medicines too, and especially infectious...

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  • Jeffrey N. Simmons Appointed President of IFAH

    29/04/2013

    Brussels, 29 April 2013 – Jeffrey N. Simmons, President, Elanco Animal Health was appointed for a two-year term as President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the worldwide organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines. Simmons, a longstanding member of IFAH’s Board of Directors with a wealth of experience in the animal health industry and an advocate for food security solutions, was appointed by the IFAH Board of Directors in Brussels. Upon...

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  • World Veterinary Day 2013

    26/04/2013

    IFAH calls for continued innovation in vaccines to support veterinarians in their efforts to prevent and protect against disease Brussels, 26 April 2013 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) calls for further innovation in vaccines to prevent and protect against diseases on the occasion of World Veterinary Day 2013 taking place on 27 April 2013. IFAH joins the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in celebrating the promotion of...

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  • IFAH reveals outcome of Global Benchmarking Survey on Animal Health Industry

    21/11/2012

    Calls for realistic risk assessment approach in order to achieve best regulatory practice Brussels, 20 November 2012 – The fourth successive five-yearly Benchmarking Survey commissioned by the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) highlights the need to work globally towards a benefit: risk assessment framework. The findings come at a time when governments around the world are weighing the direct and indirect costs of regulatory policies for veterinary medicines. Key findings in...

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  • IFAH white paper underlines the economic and social costs of animal diseases

    05/10/2012

    Call for integrated health surveillance and disease control measures Brussels/London, 5 October 2012 – Today the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) launched a white paper on the social and economic impacts of animal health diseases globally. The report concludes that animal diseases have economic impacts much beyond the direct costs caused by disease itself. In order to achieve progress in the control of animal diseases and in the reduction of these socio-economic impacts,...

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  • IFAH statement on World Rabies Day 2012

    28/09/2012

    Brussels, 28 September 2012 – World Rabies Day, an international campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), takes place each year on 28 September, the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine in the 1880s. On the occasion of World Rabies Day, Barbara Freischem, Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) said: “The provision of effective...

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  • Codex Alimentarius Breaks Deadlock on Veterinary Medicines

    07/07/2012

    IFAH pleased to see Codex Alimentarius Commission move forward in adopting standard on veterinary medicines Rome, 7 July 2012 - At its 35th session, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) made significant progress regarding standards for residues of veterinary medicines. In a landmark decision, the CAC acknowledged that it could not reach consensus on maximum residue limits for ractopamine, and that - in accordance with its rules of procedure - a decision should be taken by voting. As a...

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  • IFAH renews call for collaboration and innovation to safeguard human and animal health

    06/07/2012

    World Zoonoses Day 2012 Brussels, 6 July 2012 – On the occasion of World Zoonoses Day 2012, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) renews its call for collaboration between human and animal health organisations to develop new technologies to prevent and control zoonotic diseases. IFAH Executive Director, Barbara Freischem said: “Animal health is inextricably linked to human health on a global scale. Zoonotic diseases pass naturally between people and animals. In fact, 61% of...

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  • IFAH joins FAO-led partnership measuring environmental impact of livestock

    04/07/2012

    Healthy Animals, Healthier World Brussels, 4 July 2012 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) joins national governments, NGOs and the private sector for a new collaborative partnership led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the environmental benchmarking of livestock supply chains. Barbara Freischem, Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health, said: “Livestock production is a significant contributor to the world’s agricultural output...

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  • IFAH welcomes the 1st VICH Outreach Forum

    26/06/2012

    1st meeting to discuss wider international harmonisation of registration requirements, exchange information and increase awareness of VICH Brussels, 26 June 2012 – IFAH welcomes the first VICH Outreach Forum which meets in Brussels today and brings together 8 countries: Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine. Their questions, concerns and how they want to interact with VICH members will be heard and discussions will be held on how to facilitate global...

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  • IFAH statement on Rabies vaccination

    29/05/2012

    Brussels, 25 May 2012 - Statement on Rabies from Barbara Freischem, Executive director of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH): “With the confirmation of at least one case of Rabies in the UK this week, we can clearly see the benefits of remaining vigilant of diseases that pass from animals to people. In the case of Rabies, vaccinating animals is the key way to protect both animals and people; vaccination has profoundly influenced and improved world health for both people and...

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  • World Veterinary Day 2012: IFAH renews call for responsible use of antimicrobials

    27/04/2012

    Brussels, 28 April 2012 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) renews its call for responsible use of antimicrobials on the occasion of World Veterinary Day 2012. Initiated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000, World Veterinary Day recognizes the vital work that veterinarians perform and, in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), rewards the most successful celebrations of the veterinary profession by national veterinary associations...

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  • A message from IFAH's President

    30/03/2012

    Brussels, 30 March, 2012 - Juan Ramón Alaix, President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), addressed IFAH’s 22nd Ordinary General Assembly today with a message of encouragement for the animal health industry across the world. Listing many accomplishments in 2011 he re-enforced IFAH’s goal to promote a balanced regulatory environment relying on science-based decision making that supports innovation, in order to provide veterinarians and animal owners with new products to...

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  • IFAH and FAO drive veterinary medicine standards to safeguard animals and farmers from counterfeit products

    29/02/2012

    Brussels, 1 March 2012 - The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) are working closely with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to support the setting of internationally accepted pharmaceutical standards or monographs for veterinary medicines used in the prevention and treatment of Animal African Trypanosomosis, a fatal disease that has devastating effects on animal and human health, economic...

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  • IFAH calls for responsible use of antimicrobials ‘As little as possible, as much as necessary’

    16/11/2011

    16 November 2011 – Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands– At the International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals in the Netherlands today, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) called for collaboration and coordination to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials. Keynote speaker Olivier Espeisse, French veterinarian and Chairman of the IFAH Antibiotic Working Group, said: “The need to fight bacterial diseases is and will continue to be a pressing concern,...

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  • IFAH Statement on 250 years of the veterinary profession: Where does IFAH see the future challenges for the profession?

    13/10/2011

    13 October 2011 – Cape Town - The future challenges for the veterinary profession have been highlighted at a number of recent international events, all of which have been reflected at this 30th World Veterinary Conference celebrating the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession. Barbara Freischem, IFAH’s Executive Director, commented on the topic of food security in terms of veterinarians’ role: “FAO has long highlighted the need to feed a growing population with the finite resources of...

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  • IFAH addresses benefits and risks of antimicrobials

    12/10/2011

    Renews call for regulation based on scientific risk analysis 12 October 2011 – Cape Town – At the World Veterinary Congress in South Africa yesterday, the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) directly addressed the responsible use of antibiotics and renewed its call for a regulatory system based on risk analysis and science. IFAH Executive Director Barbara Freischem, delivering a presentation at the conference entitled Benefits, Risks and Challenges related to the use of...

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  • Science as the core principle for Codex Alimentarius decision-making process remains a challenge, notes IFAH

    11/07/2011

    Geneva, 9 July 2011 – The debate on the adoption of proposed food safety standards for the veterinary drug ractopamine at the 34th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission was dominated by national interests, which won out over science-based decision-making, says the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), as standards continue to be held at step 8 for another year. The discussion at the 34th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission again highlights the need to demonstrate...

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  • IFAH Statement on the eradication of rinderpest

    28/06/2011

    Declaration of Global Freedom from rinderpest, 37th FAO Conference Brussels, 28 June 2011 – The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) welcomes the Declaration of Global Freedom from rinderpest, made today by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) at the 37th FAO Conference. The disease, also known as ‘cattle plague’, has been a severe threat to animal health for millennia devastating herds and leading to poverty and starvation in humans. Through an...

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  • IFAH acknowledges OIE’s announcement on the successful eradication of rinderpest

    26/05/2011

    The International Federation for Animal Health, IFAH, applauds the announcement made yesterday at the 79th General Session of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that rinderpest, one of the deadliest diseases of cattle and of several other animal species, is eradicated. The remaining countries were certified as rinderpest-free. IFAH’s Executive Director Barbara Freischem explains: “It is a historical moment, brought about by the concerted efforts of the FAO and the OIE, with the use of...

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  • IFAH Statement in response to the WHO’s World Health Day

    18/04/2011

    The International Federation for Animal Health, IFAH, welcomes the initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to highlight the need to combat the build-up of resistance to medicines and in particular resistance to antimicrobials, however warns against a blanket call for reduction of antimicrobial use in food-producing animals. IFAH’s Executive Director Barbara Freischem explains: “In spite of disease prevention and bio-security measures, there are still many bacterial diseases and...

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  • IFAH Statement in response to article on FMD outbreak in South Korea

    18/04/2011

    Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) in South Korea In response to the FMD outbreaks in South Korea, Barbara Freischem, Executive Director of the International Federation for Animal Health, has said: “When outbreaks such as Foot-and-Mouth disease occur, governments and vaccine companies need to act together, and act fast. We support the FAO’s (Food and Agricultural organization) call to action approach towards vaccination. Control strategies, which make use of proactive vaccination campaigns, are...

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  • Juan Ramón Alaix Elected President of International Federation for Animal Health

    31/03/2011

    Juan Ramón Alaix, President of Pfizer Animal Health, was elected for a two-year term as President of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), the worldwide organisation representing the manufacturers of veterinary medicines. Mr. Alaix, a longstanding member of IFAH’s Board of Directors with a wealth of experience in the animal health industry, was elected by unanimous vote by the Board of Directors of IFAH today in Brussels. Upon accepting the position, Mr. Alaix said: “I’m...

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  • IFAH endorses new strategic plan and pushes animal health forward in the global debate

    29/03/2011

    Brussels, 7 May 2009. IFAH, the International Federation for Animal Health, held its General Assembly on 22 April endorsing a new strategic plan streamlining its activities for 2009-2011. The 37 member companies and associations of the federation also elected its Board Members for two years and appointed Eric Marée (Virbac) as President. The newly elected President of IFAH, Eric Marée, presented the achievements of the federation in 2008, a year of “progress and change, with increased trust in...

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  • Healthy animals = healthy food = healthy people

    29/03/2011

    Greater co-operation between human and veterinary medicine is a must Helsinki, 20 May 2009: IFAH, representing the international animal health industry, presented a symposium on the need for medicines for animals at the 19th European Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held this week in Helsinki. Seeking to improve the human healthcare sector’s understanding of the rationale behind antimicrobial use in animal health, IFAH wanted to highlight two key messages to...

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  • Animal Health Experts Call for Balanced Regulation to Ensure Availability of Veterinary Medicines

    25/03/2011

    Animal Health Experts Call for Balanced Regulation to Ensure Availability of Veterinary Medicines London, 24 March 2011 – At the 2nd Global Animal Health Conference, which concluded yesterday, international experts highlighted the urgent need for a balanced regulatory environment which allows for innovation in the development of veterinary medicines. Over 100 animal health experts from around the world participated in the two day conference organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the...

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  • VICH4 conference

    16/03/2011

    Regulatory authorities, animal health industry experts, and other interested delegates from around the world gathered in Paris this week to learn more about the activities and progress of the VICH project since its inception 14 years ago, and how it plans to reach out to other regions of the world not actively involved in VICH1. The fourth public conference on the International Harmonisation of Technical Standards for Veterinary Medicinal Products - “VICH impact and future expectations”(VICH...

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  • Codex Alimentarius

    16/03/2011

    The debate surrounding the adoption of proposed standards for the feed ingredient ractopamine at the 33rd session of the Commission of the Joint FAO1 /WHO2 food standards programme Codex Alimentarius highlights the need to demonstrate the strength of the Codex process through sound, science-based decision-making, says the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH). Codex Alimentarius’ foremost aim is to safeguard consumers’ right to food that is safe, of good quality and suitable for...

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  • IFAH statement on the launch of Vet2011

    16/03/2011

    The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is participating in Vet2011 to launch World Veterinary Year, a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the world’s first veterinary school which was founded in Lyon, France, in 1761. Under the slogan “Vet for Health, Vet for food, Vet for the planet”, Vet 2011 will host a series of special events throughout the year to raise awareness about the vital role of veterinarians and veterinary medicines. “IFAH is very pleased to join the OIE, WVA,...

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  • IFAH calls for more research and cross-border collaboration at 1st One Health Congress

    16/03/2011

    Melbourne, 14 February 2011 - The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) is joining human and animal health as well as wildlife specialists, intergovernmental organizations, regulatory authorities and a host of national and international delegates at the Melbourne Convention Centre this week to participate in the 1st International One Health Congress. Through presentations and panels, IFAH and its members are using the conference to call for increased collaboration and research to...

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