Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) has approved modern, animal-free tests for drug manufacturers. It will spare animals from suffering due to drug experiments.
According to the 2018 edition of Indian Pharmacopoeia, guidelines are offered on tests for drugs manufactured and marketed in India. It replaces pyrogen test carried out on rabbits and abnormal toxicity test carried out on guinea pigs and mice with tests that can be done in test tubes. These guidelines will come into effect from July 1, 2018.
The pyrogen test will be replaced by bacterial endotoxin test or monocyte activation test which can be carried out in test tubes. For abnormal toxicity test, Vaccine manufacturers can apply for waiver by getting compliance certificate from National Control Laboratory.
Dr. G.N. Singh, Secretary-cum-Scientific Director of the IPC said, ‘We have been focussing on various issues concerning human safety as well as animal safety when it comes to drug manufacturing. If alternative methods are available through which animals don’t have to suffer, they should be applied effectively’.