Intervet: less hurdles in regulations
The European Union should get rid of unnecessary regulations for medicins and
vaccines for the animal health industry.
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 marketing.
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
"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 diseases."
"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
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