Veterinary antimicrobial sales reporting

Reporting by manufacturers, importers and compounders on the sales of medically important antimicrobials for veterinary use supports our antimicrobial resistance surveillance program and stewardship.

What’s New: email to be added to the Veterinary Antimicrobial Sales Reporting (VASR) system to report annual sales of antimicrobials for veterinary use. See the How to report section for more information.

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Why we are collecting this information

Following international best practices, we collect reports on the sale of veterinary antimicrobials considered to be important in human medicine. This information helps:

  • give a better understanding of the volume of antimicrobials available for use in animals
  • support surveillance and interpretation of patterns and trends of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • provide relevant information that could help assess the impact on human health from the use of specific antimicrobials in animals

Rules for sales reporting

These rules apply to manufacturers, importers, and compounders of medically important antimicrobials for veterinary use.

Sales reports of drugs on List A: List of Certain Antimicrobial Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for veterinary use must include:

  • the total quantity sold or compounded
  • the approximate quantity sold or compounded for each intended animal species

Sales reports are required to be submitted every year and to reflect data collected over the period of January 1 to December 31. The annual deadline to submit sales reports of the previous calendar year to Health Canada is March 31 of each year. The first reporting year is 2018 and sales reports will need to be submitted by March 31, 2019.

To support veterinary antimicrobial stewardship, the sales reporting of all antimicrobials for veterinary use including those that are not on List A is strongly encouraged.

Who this applies to

The following individuals must submit veterinary antimicrobial sales reports for drugs on List A: List of Certain Antimicrobial Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients:

  • importers
    • anyone importing a drug into Canada for sale
  • manufacturers
    • the person who owns the trade name (or other mark controlled by them) and sells the product in Canada
  • compounders
    • individuals who compound a product for veterinary use using APIs on List A. For example, a pharmacist or a veterinarian

How to report

If you are an importer, manufacturer, or compounder of veterinary antimicrobials on List A, contact us at to be added to the Veterinary Antimicrobial Sales Reporting (VASR) system to report annual sales. Provide the following information:

  • Name of company or individual (s) reporting
  • Email address and telephone number
  • Whether the company is a manufacturer, importer or compounder
  • Preferred language

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