Intervet: take out some hurdles in regulations
The European Union should get rid of unnecessary
regulations for medicins and vaccines for the animal health
This opinion was stated by Intervet CEO Ruurd Stolp at last week's Agri
Vision conference in Noordwijk-aan-Zee, the Netherlands, organised by
Speaking to an attendance of over 300 people, Stolp told
that on average it takes 'a minimum of twelve years' for a EU animal health
company to develop a new product, from intoductory planning to
In his view, this makes EU animal health companies highly
uncompetitive, when compared to companies elsewhere in the world, for whom it
takes 4 to 8 years, he said.
"We need to take out hurdles," Stolp
continued. "Don't get me wrong, I think regulations on animal health products
are necessary. I only feel that here in Europe they might have overdone things a
little bit, especially when it comes down to emerging
"Look at countries like China and India; these are regions
that harbour a lot of capable and intelligent people. They can always develop
vaccines or medicines rather quickly."
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