The program provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s regulatory process for assuring the purity, safety, potency, and efficacy of veterinary biologics (vaccines, bacterins, antisera, diagnostic kits, and other products of biological origin).
During the weeklong program, staff from the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) at the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service provides information on the requirements and processes for licensing/registration and testing of veterinary biological products. The inspection and compliance process for production, release, and post-marketing surveillance of veterinary biological products is also covered in both lectures and workshops, IICAB said.
Professionals working in the veterinary biologic industry, researchers developing biologics, and regulatory personnel are encouraged to attend to learn about current CVB requirements.
More than 2,700 individuals have attended the program since it was launched in 1996, including 750 individuals from 90-plus countries.
The program is organized by IICAB and is co-sponsored by CVB and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Individuals interested in an introduction or refresher in the ever-changing field of immunology are encouraged to take the online course prior to attending the program. Additional information and registration are available at vetimmunology.org or cfsph.iastate.edu/Immunology.
Registration is due by April 15. Visit cfsph.iastate.edu/IICAB/meetings/may2018.php for more information.