What is VICH?

VICH is a trilateral (EU-Japan-USA) programme aimed at harmonising technical requirements for veterinary product registration. Its full title is the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products. VICH was officially launched in April 1996.  It has 5 main objectives.

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What is the role of VICH

The role of VICH is to harmonise technical requirements for data necessary for the marketing authorisation (also called “registration”) of a veterinary medicinal product.  This is achieved by developing harmonised guidelines on the studies to be submitted in a marketing authorisation application.

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VICH Leaflet

"Harmonising the global processes for authorising veterinary medicines"


Latest Resources and Events

  • 40th VICH Steering Committee & 14th VOF virtual meetings, November 15-18, 2021

    Public Statement VICH/21/086 (19 November 2021)

  • 39th VICH Steering Committee & 13th VOF virtual meetings, November 16-19, 2020

    Public Statement VICH/20/093 (23 November 2020)

  • 14th VICH Outreach Forum meeting

    November 2021 - time and place TBC

  • Stability Testing of New Veterinary Drug Substances and Medicinal Products in Climatic Zones III and IV

    (Quality - Stability) - November 2019 - for implementation at step 7 in the regions by November 2020

  • 13th VICH Outreach Forum meeting

    17 November 2020 by teleconference (01:00 to 03:00pm Brussels time)

  • Next meetings of Steering Committee--

    - 41st SC meeting: 14 & 17 November 2022 (USA - in person again)