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CVM and Compliance

One of the highest priorities of the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is assuring the safety of animal derived foods, and assuring that safe and effective animal drugs are available.  Compliance is monitoring the adherence of regulated industry with legal, administrative, and regulatory programs and policies.  Within CVM the Division of Compliance monitors the activities of our stakeholders, performs educational outreach to the field and industry, and pursues regulatory actions if warranted.

Questions concerning CVM’s Compliance activities can be addressed to:

Division of Compliance (HFV-230)
Office of Surveillance and Compliance
Center for Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
MPN IV Bldg., Room 146
7519 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855-2773
Telephone: (240) 276-9200
FAX: (240) 276-9241

CVM Updates/FDA Talk Papers on Compliance Activities

Compliance Documents

Compliance Policy Guides (CPG) – Chapter 6 – Veterinary Medicine

Provides a convenient and organized system for statements of FDA compliance policy, including those statements which contain regulatory action guidance information.

CVM Compliance Program Guidance Manual (CPGM)

Compliance programs and program circulars (program plans and instructions) directed to field personnel for project implementation.

CVM Policy and Procedures Manual

  • 1240.1131 - Office of Surveillance and Compliance, Division of Compliance (Functional Statement)

  • 1240.2202 - Voluntary Compliance, August 11, 1992

  • 1240.3600 - Types of Enforcement Activities, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3601 - Types of Regulatory Actions, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3605 - Regulating Animal Foods with Drug Claims, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3620 - Request for CGMP Establishment Inspections September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3622 - Good Manufacturing Practice Compliance Status, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3630 - Tissue Residue Reporting, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3650 - Diversion of Unfit Food to Animal Use, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3660 - Development of Compliance Policy Guides Affecting Veterinary Products, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3661 - Preparation of Compliance Programs and Program Circulars, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.3670 - Management of Formal Evidentiary Hearings, September 18, 1998

  • 1240.4170 - CVM Medically Necessary Veterinary Drug Product Shortage Management, April 25, 2000

CVM Compliance Guidance Documents

CVM Warning Letters

FDA Import Alerts List

Frequently Asked Compliance Questions (Compliance FAQs) 

Where can I find CVM Compliance Policy Guides  for Pet Foods?

Where can I find information about a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR)?

How do I obtain an export certificate?

Forms and instructions can be found at the Export Certificate to Foreign Governments Application Form.

Where can I get information about importing unapproved veterinary drugs for my pet?

For assistance with importing unapproved, but medically necessary veterinary drugs for personal use for your pet, please contact Mr. Mike Zimmerman, CVM/OSC/Division of Compliance (HFV-235), at phone (240) 276-9202, Fax (240) 276-9241, or by e-mail at michael.zimmerman@fda.hhs.gov.

How does FDA regulate veterinary devices?

Information for Consumers: How FDA Regulates Veterinary Devices

Additional Information  

Web Page Updated by mdt - August 3, 2007, 2:45 PM ET

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