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Draft revised Guidelines on Monoclonal Antibody Production

Closed on Wednesday, 26 March 2008, 12:00am (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The Guidelines on Monoclonal Antibody Production, issued by the NHMRC in 2001, are currently under review and are now available for public consultation.

The production of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) using animals involves procedures which have the potential to produce significant pain and distress.  These guidelines arose in response to a growing awareness that a method of MAb production exists which can replace the use of animals for one of the stages of MAb production.  This method replaces the in vivo propagation of selected cells to produce MAbs with an in vitro method – though it is recognised that the use of animals for MAb production will continue to be required during the initial, immunisation stage of production, in the induction of antibody-producing cells in vivo.  While comments on all parts of the guidelines are welcomed, in particular we are seeking comments, supported by evidence, on the need for in vivo propagation of selected cells used in the production of MAbs. 

How to make your submission

Please make your submission in writing, by email or on audiotape.  In your submission please note the relevant page number/s that contain the issues on which you are providing comment.  Please also provide complete references for any research articles you deem relevant. All comments will be considered by the NHMRC.

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Consultation date

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Closing date: 
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 (All day)
Please note that for some NHMRC consultations no extensions will be given. Where extensions are available you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and started a submission.
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(02) 6217 9000

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