New report on refinement produced
This report aims to facilitate the implementation of the Three Rs (reduction, refinement and replacement) in the testing of vaccines for regulatory and other purposes. The focus is predominantly on identification of reduction and refinement opportunities in batch potency testing but the principles described are widely applicable to other situations that involve experimental infections of animals.
The report should also help to interpret the requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia with regard to the use of alternative tests, humane endpoints and other refinements. Two specific worked examples, for batch potency testing of Clostridium chauvoei and canine leptospira, with recommendations for harmonisation of international test requirements for these and other vaccines, are provided as appendices online.
The full report is available to purchase here.