on the web page of the Directorate
of Veterinary Medicinal Products!
The direct objective of the
control of veterinary medicinal products is to safeguard the health of animals,
while its indirect objective is to protect human health and environment. Namely,
the authorisation and control of veterinary pharmaceuticals and biologicals
form an important part of the system that serves for ensuring the public health
safety of foods of animal origin. All societies that set a high value on the
protection of human health pay especial attention to control of veterinary
medicinal products. In Hungary
the production, control and marketing of veterinary medicinal products have
been under regulation already for a long time.
The first act regulating
animal health issues was published in 1888 in Hungary. The first veterinary
medicinal product was included into the register in 1915. The regular control
of the production and the products was introduced on the basis of the Act
XIX/1928. In 1952 a
separate institute was established by National Economic Council Decree No.
251/1952 for the batch-to-batch control of veterinary biologicals and
diagnostic products in Hungary,
the State Control Institute for Veterinary Biologicals. During the decades the
task and activities of Institute have been changed and extended continuously.
an up-to-date registration system was started in 1988. The consistent and
uniform authorisation system based on a registration procedure supported by
strong legal and institutional background was introduced in 1991. In 1992 the
Institute was entrusted with the task of storing and handling of the emergency
vaccine stock. Our accredited laboratories responsible for controlling veterinary
medicinal products joined the EU Network of Official Medicine Control
Laboratories already at the time of its foundation. The national
pharmacovigiliance system was set up in 1995. Now the institution is
responsible for the marketing authorisation and market surveillance of the
whole range of veterinary medicinal products and pre- and post-authorisation and
inspection of the manufacturers and wholesalers.
According to the new tasks
and activities multiple internal restructuring and reorganization has affected
the organization. In 1992 the name of the Institute was changed to State
Control Institute for Veterinary Biologicals and Drugs. In 1993 the Minister of
Agriculture modified the name of the Institute to State Control Institute for
Veterinary Biologicals, Drugs and Feeds (official English version is Institute
for Veterinary Medicinal Products). Since 1st of January 2007 the
Institute integrated to the Central Agricultural Office as Directorate of Veterinary
Medicinal Products. The Central Agricultural Office has been established by the
governmental decree No. 274/2006 and acts under direct control of Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development. Since 15th of March 2012 after
merging of the Hungarian Food Safety Office and the Central Agricultural Office
the organisation acts as National Food Chain Safety Office.