There was an increase in reports of suspected adverse reactions to veterinary medicines in 1989 with 329 reports (compared with 206 in 1988), from veterinary surgeons, farmers and the public, comments the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). Suspected adverse reactions to clostridial/pasteurella vaccines in sheep were a dominant feature and important experience was gained both in terms of liaison with the farming press, and in handling large scale incidents involving PML products. The general trend towards increased reporting of adverse drug effects continues. The UK is the only EC member state to have a PML system and the VMD is looking with some urgency at ways of ensuring the more representative reporting of all categories of drug. Substantial liaison with the veterinary pharmaceutical industry occurred during the year and 204 product reports were requested from companies.