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Terms of Reference


1. To actively support the Association’s strategy and strategic direction.

2.     To provide a forum for discussion and clarification of identified veterinary GXP issues which may arise (from Association members, existing or proposed legislation or guidelines), and to assist the Association to play an active rôle in any consultative process related to veterinary GXP matters.

3.     To promote effective liaison and provide informed opinion to regulatory bodies on Animal Health matters.

4.     To contribute regularly to the Association’s publications in order to communicate to Association members up-to- date information concerning veterinary GXP and committee activities.

5.     To contribute to seminars, meetings or training courses, as and when necessary, in conjunction with other committees as appropriate.

6.     To co-opt Association members and non-members, as and when appropriate, to handle issues where input from other disciplines may be beneficial.

7.     As and when required, prepare or facilitate reference documents or review and comment upon published papers of veterinary GXP interest.

8.     To formulate proposals for presentations, course or workshops under the direct organisation of the Association in conjunction with other interested and mutually acceptable organisations and to set up working parties with responsibility for implementing the proposals.

9.     To liaise with the Association Committees and Working Parties on matters affecting GLP, GCP, Pharmacovigilance or manufacturing in the animal health industry.

10.   Specifically, general issues of GLP, GMP and GPvP are outside the remit of the Animal Health Committee except as indicated above.

Expectations of Animal Health Committee Membership

The Animal Health Committee is composed of volunteers willing to contribute their time, experience, knowledge and efforts for the benefit of the organisation and its members. Animal Health Committee membership requires commitment and dedication.

The Animal Health Committee is committed to providing the latest information on; international regulatory guidelines & laws; intelligence across the discipline; and information on professional developments.  Members of the Committee are therefore expected to have sufficient expertise in quality and animal health industry and capacity to actively contribute to the knowledge base of the Association.

The following is a list of expectations of Animal Health Committee membership:

  • Attendance at a minimum of 2 Committee meetings (face-to-face or telephone conference call) per annum.  Failure to achieve this will result in the Committee reviewing the individual’s continued membership of the AHC.
  • Contributions to specialist meetings and training courses organised by the Association, the Committee and sister organisations
  • Contributions to working parties on topics of interest to the members
  • Input of knowledge and experience to answer members’ questions
  • Support in the organisation, planning and running of Association meetings and conferences
  • Liaison with external organisations such as JSQA, SQA
  • Liaison with other committees, sub-groups and international members
  • Contribute articles to Quasar
  • Contribute to preparation for MHRA Consultative Committee meetings and other similar meetings

Committee Structure

The structure of Committees is described in Document POL/001, Policy for the Organisation of Committees.

In addition to the Chairman and Secretary, other committee members will have specific responsibilities including:

  • Programme Committee liaison for Association’s annual and international meetings;
  • Co-ordination of the Committee’s regular contribution to Quasar;
  • Updating the Animal Health section of the Association’s website;
  • Liaison with other Association committees;
  • External liaison as a member of the External Liaison Group (See CTR/011 – Terms of Reference of the External Liaison Group);
  • Review of Committee minutes (the review of other committee’s minutes will be allocated to a specific committee member);
  • Responsibilities for specific projects will be allocated as and when required e.g., for the organisation of specialist meetings/training days.


All members will be expected to actively contribute to the activities of the Animal Health Committee.  The Animal Health Committee aims to meet approximately 4-6 times per year.