The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill, sponsored by Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), designed to speed Food and Drug Administration review of new animal drugs.

“This bill will ensure a steady supply of new and innovative products used by veterinarians, pet owners, farmers and ranchers to maintain healthy animals,” says Alexander Mathews, president and chief executive officer of the Animal Health Institute.

H.R. 1260, the Animal Drug User Fee Act, will place performance goals, or timelines, on the FDA review of new animal drug applications. In exchange, the animal health industry will pay user fees to FDA to increase the budget used to hire reviewers and perform other tasks essential to the review process.

“This bill fixes a broken review process at FDA and will help ensure significant research and development efforts are continued,” says Mathews. “For all ocnsumers, it means continued food safety protections as America’s food producers will have access to new products used to keep animals healthy.”