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Pets, prohibited in the pharmacies of the Valencian Community

Written by on October 12, 2018

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Article Written & Published By: El Mundo
Translated from Spanish to English

Pets, prohibited in the pharmacies of the Valencian Community

The general director of Pharmacy and Sanitary Products of the Consell remembers that the offices have habilitation for the sale of foods

Therefore, current legislation does not allow animals to access them

The entry of dogs, cats and other animals to pharmacies is “expressly forbidden” and, therefore, should not be allowed to customers.

This has been pronounced the general director of Pharmacy and Health Products of the Consell, José Manuel Ventura , after a consultation made by the Illustrious College of Pharmacists of Alicante (COFA) at the end of last June. It requested a “report” on “if allowed to enter pharmacies of dogs and domestic animals”.

In this regard, Ventura acknowledges that “there is no specific regulation” that prohibits the entry of animals into these establishments. “But given – he continues – that pharmacies are authorized to sell food (such as products for dietetic or nutrition treatments, authorized based on food regulations) is applicable” legislation that exists on the topic.

More specifically, the order by which certain articles of the June 14, 1976, of the Ministry of the Interior, on hygienic-sanitary measures in dogs and cats of human cohabitation are modified.

There in article 11 states that “the entry of dogs in all kinds of premises for the manufacture, sale, storage, transport or handling of food is expressly prohibited.” This would be applicable throughout the Valencian Community.

A general debate
The truth is that the entry of animals into pharmacies has been recurrent throughout Spain, given the absence of specific regulations on it.

A couple of years ago the Illustrious Official College of Pharmacists of Malaga issued a report in the same sense as that of Alicante, also in consultation with one of its members.

There he also raised other laws, such as the 11/2003, of November 24, of Protection of Animals , which establishes as a prohibition “keep them in places or facilities that are unduly hygienic-sanitary or inadequate for the practice of care. and the necessary attention that their physiological and ethological needs demand, according to race or species ».

The Colegio de Málaga does specify, however, that guide dogs are always allowed for people with visual impairments , according to the RD. 3250/1983, of December 7 “which regulates the use of guide dogs for the visually impaired, and art. 14.3 of Law 11/2003, of November 24 ».

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