Guidelines for reporting data on residues of veterinary medicinal products
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has received a mandate from the European Commission (EC) to establish a European sample-based data collection on veterinary medicinal product residues (VMPR) in the European Union under Council Directive 96/23/EC, as well as with analysing and summarising the data collected. Transparency and openness are the underlying principles of EFSA’s data collection operations, and guidelines for data providers presented in this report have been developed to ensure consistency and comparability of the data with European data collections from other food safety domains within the EFSA Data Warehouse. These guidelines are intended to be used in conjunction with the Standard Sample Description version 2.0 (SSD2) and the Guidance on Data Exchange version 2.0 (GDE2). They provide specific guidance on the VMPR data model, data elements, the controlled terminology values and VMPR-specific business rules which are applicable to VMPR data. EFSA has created the Data Collection Framework (DCF) application, through which the data will be transmitted to EFSA. All aspects of the VMPR guidelines are compatible with the SSD2 and GDE2 framework for data submission to EFSA in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format via the DCF. These guidelines aim to support reporting countries with their submission of sample-based data collected under the framework of Council Directive 96/23/EC. The guidelines explain, in detail, the individual data elements which are applicable to VMPR data, including information about the data type, a reference to the list of allowed terms and any additional business rules or requirements that may apply. In all cases, SSD2 and GDE2 are the over-arching reference standards.