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FVO audit in Belgium: residues, contaminants and veterinary medicinal products
FVO audit in Belgium: residues, contaminants and veterinary medicinal products


The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) recently published the report of an audit in Belgium in March 2009.


The audit evaluated the ‘implementation of national measures, aimed at the control of residues and contaminants in live animals and animal products in accordance with Council Directive 96/23/EC’ and the ‘use of veterinary medicinal products in food producing animals’. The FVO report concludes that ‘in general the national residues control plan in Belgium is in accordance with Council Directive 96/23/EC’. All residue laboratories are accredited to ISO 17025. But not all methods used under the National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) are validated to Commission Decision 2002/657/EC and the results of several proficiency tests have been questionable. The national reference laboratory does not fully comply with the requirements of Article 14 of Directive 96/23/EC in relation to its co-ordinated role.

The distribution and use of veterinary medicinal products in Belgium was found to be mostly in line with Community rules, however, the fact that not all medicinal treatments have to be recorded is not in line with Article 10 of Council Directive 96/23/EC and Annex I, Section III, part 8 (b) to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004. This undermines the effectiveness of the controls on the use of veterinary medicines. Complete report and comments of the Competent Authority.