Vita’s new regulatory and quality manager
Amarinder Singh has been appointed regulatory and quality manager at Vita Bee Health. He will help guide Vita’s products through the regulatory process to ensure that professional and hobbyist beekeepers will have the highest quality, safe and effective treatments for their honeybees.
After graduating with a Masters degree in biotechnology from the University of Hertfordshire (2007), Amarinder worked for The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), then the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) as a pharmaceutical assessor in the quality team, work which included establishing guidelines for applicants and assessors, and most recently for Benchmark Animal Health. He has experience in working internationally and with a wide range of health products for animals.
Amarinder Singh said, “I was aware of Vita Bee Health and its good reputation in regulatory and environmental affairs, so although I didn’t then have direct experience of honey bees I was eager to take up the post. Since my childhood, I have had an interest in medicines and healthcare and although I never wanted to be a medical doctor I have had an urge to work somewhere in the sector. I am very much looking forward to my work with Vita and seeing products working in the field.”
Welcoming Amarinder to Vita Bee Health, technical director Max Watkins said, “Having someone on our team who has a profound and practical knowledge of how regulatory affairs works will assist us greatly. We have the highest respect for the regulatory process and have been keen to ensure that the medicinal products we sell to beekeepers are of the best quality in terms of effectiveness and safety. Amarinder’s skills will help us in meeting that goal as we look to new types of products for beekeepers.”
Vita Bee Health is a trading name of Vita (Europe) Ltd, which was established in 1997 and has become the largest dedicated supplier of products to the honey and pollination industries through its global network of distributors covering more than 50 countries.
About Vita Bee Health
Vita Bee Health, a trading name of Vita (Europe) Ltd, is a mite control and honeybee health specialist established in 1997. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.
Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.
Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – wax moth controls, foulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies Asian hornet traps, Small Hive Beetle traps, the Bee Gym varroa grooming aid and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.
Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.
Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Thessaloniki, Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the FERA Laboratories in the UK and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.
As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.