Guidance on Cannabis Use in Veterinary Chemical Products

Mar 12, 2024

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has provided updated information on the use of cannabis in veterinary chemical products. This update clarifies the regulatory requirements for registering these products and ensures their safety and effectiveness for animal use.

According to the APVMA website, veterinary chemical products containing cannabis are subject to the same regulatory requirements as any other veterinary chemical product. Applicants must provide detailed information about the product’s composition, manufacturing process, intended use, safety, and efficacy to obtain registration.

The APVMA assesses the product’s safety, efficacy, and quality to determine whether it meets the necessary standards. Key considerations include potential harm to animals or people administering the product and evidence of effectiveness in treating the intended condition or disease in animals.

As the use of cannabis in veterinary chemical products is relatively new, limited information may be available on the long-term effects on animals. The APVMA encourages applicants to monitor and report any adverse reactions or issues that may arise from the use of these products.