South African Animal Health Association
“SAAHA represents the manufacturers and suppliers of veterinary medicines, stock remedies and other animal health products.”It is SAAHA's vision to promote and support an economically viable and innovation driven animal health industry, contributing to a healthy, secure and safe food supply through a high level of health and welfare of all animals and the environment.
Their mission is:
- To act as the unified voice in liaison with stakeholders which have an impact on the animal health industry;
- to encourage and assist the development of predictable science-based regulatory processes and standards;
- to provide unique and quality service to our members and to promote and maintain adherence to a high level of ethics.
The South African Animal Health Association (SAAHA) started operating as a Section 21 company not for gain on 1 January 2003. The Association, a "daughter" association under the umbrella of AVCASA - Association of Veterinary and Crop Associations, used to be a division of AVCASA but is now an autonomous Association representing 90 % of animal health product importers, manufacturers and suppliers in South Africa. It has 21 companies as members.
“SAAHA is controlled by an Executive Council consisting of nominated individuals from all ordinary member companies. George Cox (Pfizer Animal Health), is the President, with the Vice President being Tommy Thompson (Merial SA). It is a member of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH)
The Association serves the farmer/ end user of veterinary products by:
- Ensuring that only quality products that are registered and fit for use are sold and distributed.
- Through research and development internationally and locally, new and/or improved products are regularly put on the market.
- Also looking after the interests of emerging farmers.
- Conducting research into vector resistance in South Africa.
- Ensuring that sales personnel are properly trained and accredited.
The Association promotes the interests of its members by:
- Making inputs into the development of legislation and regulations.
- Appointing working groups to attend to current issues and problem areas.
- Liaison with government and other bodies.
To view the SAAHA Code of Conduct, please click here. To view the South African Code of Marketing Ethics for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, please click here.