The French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products– Missions and activities

The French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products (ANMV), within ANSES, is the Competent Authority in France for risk assessment and management with regard to veterinary medicinal products.
The ANMV is located in Javené, near Fougères and has 80 staff members, mainly specialised scientists.
In this capacity, the Government was keen for the ANMV to strive for constant improvement of its services with a view to protecting public health as well as the health and welfare of animals.
To this end, the ANMV  must enforce the current applicable legal provisions in an independent, competent and impartial manner. 

With the aim of contributing to the protection of human and animal health by ensuring the safety of veterinary medicinal products from authorisation through to use, the ANMV activity includes three components:


  • national and European Marketing Authorisation Application dossiers for veterinary medicinal products;
  • european dossiers on maximum acceptable limits for veterinary drug residues in food of animal origin.


  • the risk of adverse effects related to veterinary medicinal products;
  • the quality of veterinary medicinal products;
  • pharmaceutical establishments for veterinary medicinal products;
  • advertising of veterinary medicinal products.


  • marketing of veterinary medicinal products;
  • clinical trials on veterinary medicinal products;
  • opening of pharmaceutical establishments for the manufacture, marketing, wholesale distribution and export of veterinary medicinal products;
  • import, temporary use and export of veterinary medicinal products.

The ANMV participates in discussions concerning veterinary pharmacy and contributes to the formulation of many regulatory texts.

To ensure full transparency and demonstrate impartiality, the public declarations of interests (PDIs) of the ANMV employees and external experts involved in committees and working groups are made public on the dedicated website.

ANMV international activities

  • Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) at the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
    • CVMP working groups: Inspection, EudraGMP, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmaceutical quality, Efficacy, Immunology, Safety, Eco-toxicity, Antimicrobials
  • Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition & Decentralised Procedures - Veterinary (CMD(v)) within the EMA
  • Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA)
  • Veterinary Pharmaceutical Committee (VPC)
  • European Pharmacopoeia
    • Network of Official medicines control laboratories (OMCLs) 

  • World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH): the ANMV is a Collaborating Centre for the WOAH for veterinary medicinal products
  • Veterinary International Conference on Harmonization (VICH)
  • Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVD)
  • The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO)

History of the Agency

June 1975: Following the adoption in May 1975 of French Act No. 75-049 on veterinary pharmacy, creation of the Veterinary Medicines Laboratory (LMV) in Fougères charged with evaluating marketing authorisation application dossiers for veterinary medicinal products and with conducting research on the quality, efficacy and safety of veterinary medicinal products.

May 1988: Creation of the National Centre for Veterinary Studies and Feed (CNEVA) integrating the LMV

February 1994: Act No. 94-114 establishing the French agency for veterinary medicinal products (ANMV within the CNEVA. This creation results from the rapid and regular increase in the workload and its specificity related to evaluation of marketing authorisation applications for veterinary medicinal products, specifically resulting from implementation of the European Registration system for these products in 1995. The ANMV becomes a Collaborating Centre of the OIE for veterinary medicinal products.

The ANMV is established in Fougères, alongside the Veterinary Medicines Laboratory. The ANMV is competent for risk assessment and marketing authorization of veterinary medicinal products, whereas the laboratory is specialized in research and studies related to veterinary medicinal product residues in food.

July 2010: The ANMV is integrated into the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) resulting from the merger of AFSSA with the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (AFSSET).

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