veterinarian’s role is to ensure that products that are registered comply with the current legal requirements and standards and that the use of the medicine does not compromise export market requirements. The Act also provides for the regulation or prohibition of the importation, sale, acquisition, disposal or use of fertilizers, farm feeds, agricultural remedies and stock remedies in Namibia. Namibia at present does not have a Veterinary Medicines body with technical expertise and laboratory facilities for processing registration of veterinary medicines in the country and for this the country relies on the Medicines Control Council of South Africa (MCCSA). A medicine must therefore be registered first with the MCCSA before it can be considered for registration in Namibia. Not all medicines registered by the MCCSA are automatically registered in Namibia. They have to comply with local requirements as well. Human medicinal products that are used in animal medicine are registered under the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 which is administered by the Ministry of Health. The Act is administered by a Registrar who is appointed in accordance with the Act. Giving direction to the Registrar of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 is the Medicines Control Council of Namibia. Two veterinarians are members of the Council. In terms of Section 7 of Act 36 of 1947 all stock remedies sold in Namibia must be registered. An applicant sends the completed application form with efficacy, toxicological, residue, physical data with approved labelling in country of origin, package insert, prescribed fees and a certificate of registration of South Africa. The registration documentation is forwarded to the technical advisor for approval. He/she makes a recommendation to the Registrar for approval. A registration number is then allocated to a product and certificate of registration will be issued. The registration number allocated must be displayed on every container of the medicine offered for sale in Namibia. Oversight to ensure compliance is carried out by officials of the Directorate of Veterinary Services and Ministry of Health and Social Services. Routine and unscheduled oversight visits are conducted to wholesalers and retailers, pharmacies, veterinary practices and farms. Feed, urine and organ samples are routinely collected for screening tests to ensure compliance in fulfilment of The Prevention Of Undesirable Residues in Meat Act from 1991.
Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Complete development of regulations as soon as possible in order to benefit from the implementation of the new act Medium / Long Term :