§ Helen Jones
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what targets he has set the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for 2000–01. 
§ Mr. Nick Brown
I have set the Veterinary Medicines Directorate the following performance targets for 2000–01:
Safety and Quality
- (1) To provide high quality scientific assessment work.
- (2) To provide high quality policy advice to Ministers.
- (3) To comply with the timetables for entering Suspected Adverse Reactions (SAR) reports set out in the Plan and to report to the Veterinary Products Committee each quarter reviewing trends in SAR reports and identifying areas requiring evaluation.
- (4) To meet, in full, the requirements of the National Residues Surveillance Plan.
Standards of Service(5) To comply with the timetables for handling applications under the centralised, decentralised and UK procedures set out in the Plan.
Efficiency143W(6) of collect data for 2000–01 as the base year that will enable efficiency changes to be calculated in 2001–02.
Financial Control(7) To recover from industry and Government the full economic cost (calculated according to resource accounting principles) of its main business activities of:
- licensing and surveillance
- policy work
- residue monitoring
- as a whole, without cross subsidy between these activities.(8) To operate within 95 per cent. to 100 per cent. of allocations by the MAFF Management Board for running costs, capital and receipts.
Suspected Adverse Reactions Surveillance Scheme reports:
- enter human reports on to the database within two working days
- enter serious animal reports on to the database within two working days
- enter non-serious animal reports on to the database within 10 working days
- All assessments (including Maximum Residues Limits) to be submitted within timetables agreed with the European Medicines Evaluation Agency.
- All authorisations to be determined within the regulatory timetables.
- 93 per cent. of new marketing authorisations to be determined or referred to the Veterinary Products Committee within 120 clock days; all to be determined within 210 clock days.
- 95 per cent. of valid variation applications to have first assessment within 70 clock days; all to be determined within 150 clock days.
- 95 per cent. of valid renewal applications to have first assessment within 85 clock days; all to be determined within 180 clock days.