Find out about VICH, an international programme for harmonising the registration of veterinary products.
What is VICH?
VICH is a programme aimed at harmonising technical requirements for veterinary product registration. The programme's full English title is the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products. This trilateral programme involving the EU, Japan, and the USA was officially launched in Paris in April 1996.
That same year, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) were granted observer status on the VICH Steering Committee. In November 1996, representatives from the Australian and New Zealand veterinary chemical industries and regulatory authorities first met as the ANZ VICH Management Group to co-ordinate activities.
In 2016 Australia and New Zealand were granted separate observer status, with the ANZ VICH Management Group continuing to operate in a similar fashion.
Since its inception, VICH has produced over 50 guidelines and has fostered an outreach forum for countries not part of the VICH Steering Committee.
New Zealand VICH representatives
New Zealand is represented on the VICH Steering Committee by two delegates – one from government and one from industry. The current delegates are drawn from MPI and from Agcarm.
Government and industry representatives from observer countries are invited to participate in expert working groups, where they have full voting rights. Observers do not have voting rights in the VICH Steering Committee itself, although they are allowed to discuss issues there.
Observer countries are not obligated to adopt VICH guidelines.