Call to end animal-derived antibodies

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

The EU’s agency to advance the 3Rs in animal procedures has called for an end to the use of animals in the development and production of antibodies.

The EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) recommends that the scientific community recognises the validity of antibodies derived from animal-free methods.

The recommendation outlines steps for everyone involved in antibody development and production, including end-users, commercial providers, authorities, research funding bodies, and journal editors.

It states that non-animal-derived antibodies will “improve reproducibility and relevance of scientific procedures and lead to more efficient and effective use of research funds.”

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