Immunotherapy and the VMD

NationWide Laboratories can assist in providing allergen specific immunotherapy (ASIT) based on the results of serological testing.

The allergen extracts which are used are sourced from Europe because there are no licensed veterinary immunotherapy products currently available in the UK. The importation of these extracts must follow strict guidelines as detailed in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2005. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), as the national Competent Authority, implement these regulations.

The product is licensed in Europe and imported from within the EU therefore it is necessary to apply for a Special Import Certificate (SIC).

The holder of the SIC, must be a veterinary surgeon and is normally the individual veterinarian who is caring for the animal concerned. It is their responsibility to ensure that the conditions of the certificate are upheld.

The SIC is valid for up to 12 months and must be renewed if you wish to continue importing immunotherapy thereafter.

Details of the import scheme can be found on the VMD website.


Ordering Vet-Goid and Artuvet Immunotherapy Vaccines

As a consequence of Brexit, Special Import Certificate (SIC) is required to order Vet-Goid and Artuvet Immunotherapy Vaccines.

For each order we will require a copy of the SIC. For all future orders, you will be required to name the importer as Vetruus Ltd rather than your practice. We have generated a step-by-step guide to completing the SIC.

Step 2. Then choose “Apply for a special import” from the menu in the middle

Step 3. This will take you to the Special Import Site

Step 4. Tick “I am veterinary surgeon and want to import” then click next

Step 5. You will then be prompted to enter your RCVS number

Step 6. Your practice name will be displayed in the drop down box; click next

Step 7. Name of product: select Artuvetrin Therapy or Vet-Goid, suspension for subcutaneous injection

Step 8. Select appropriate species; click next

Step 9. Enter your reference (using the animal’s name is easiest). Add in the number of animals being treated

NOTE: There is one certificate per animal

Then enter the total amount required, which is 10ml for Artuvet. Unless the animalrequires more than 1 vial, in which case it’s whatever multiple of 10ml i.e., 2 x vials equals 20ml

For Vet-Goid the total amount is 6ml per animal; click next

Step 10. On the proposed importer page, click on the drop-down box and select Vetruus Ltd, the details of Vetruus will be displayed; click next

Step 11. Tick agree to the various declarations; click next forlast time

Step 12. SIC will be displayed and available to download and will also be sent to your email address. A copy of the SIC should then be forwarded to NWL

Please contact NationWide Laboratories if you have questions or need an illustrated step by step guide.

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