Gavin Hall, Head of Licensing Administration, VMD and Chair of the CMDv Legislation Working Group, UK
What’s the biggest challenge in your role currently?
I guess the biggest challenge in my role is similar to that faced by many in the National Competent Authorities of other Member States. The current economic climate means we have to do more with less – in other words we have to work smarter. Running alongside this is the need to devote resources to consider and develop proposals for the new legislation; whilst maintaining business as usual. We now have an opportunity to introduce legislation that would benefit the veterinary sector for the next 10-15 years and we need to make this work.
Can you provide a brief retrospective of 2012 so far – what has been accomplished by your team, which new challenges emerged and what’s brewing for 2013?
I think for me the accomplishment is continuing to undertake business as usual in a changing environment. Over the last six months or so the team has been taking forward e-ways of working, building on the success of e-submissions and scanning of paper based applications. Furthermore, despite the demand on resources, the VMD has continued to deliver against demanding targets and published standards. The VMD still does not have any application submission slots and we are happy to meet with applicants to discuss potential projects and to provide advice that helps the industry.
Much of what we do has a European dimension and the VMD is committed to playing its full part. I believe CMDv has made, and will continue to make, a difference. The relationships between Member States have been enhanced and changes made to the benefit of both the industry and regulators.
What’s the main objective of your talk at the conference?
To raise awareness of the UK position in relation to some of the proposals put forward for consideration as part of the legislative review.
Which talks are you looking forward to hearing the most and why?
I know many of the speakers and know that their presentations will be interesting and thought provoking. As a regulator though, I would be interested in hearing topics presented by industry – e.g. what are the barriers caused by disharmony and what are the regulatory requirements from the USA and how does this impact on companies who develop products for both the European and American markets.
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