Access VetMed was founded two decades ago in 2002 as the European Group for Generic Veterinary Products, EGGVP. At that point of time, the first generic medicines for animals had entered the market. A group of companies got together to bring out the voice of the generic industry. They wanted to assure that the then new veterinary legislation was interpreted in line with its intentions to create balanced competition and allow the access to medicines.

Now, after twenty years, the association has grown in members and in geography. Access VetMed has become a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst its members. It has defended the interests of the generic producers, many of which have also developed added value products with enhanced features. The common objective has been to secure availability of the veterinary medicines in Europe, also in smaller markets, and bring savings to the farmers and other animal owners.

“In two decades, Access VetMed has become a recognised animal health stakeholder in the EU as we have worked to bring our members’ views to the EU decisionmakers and authorities. This is what we will continue to do in the future as well. We want to make sure our members, including small and medium-sized companies, continue to be heard, understood, and taken into account when rules and regulations that impact them, are being prepared and implemented. This is how we can increase the access to veterinary medicines for the benefit of the farm and companion animal owners, and eventually for the benefit of the animals”, states Dolores Cainzos, chair of Access VetMed.

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