Official Batch Control of Rabies Veterinary Vaccines: Current Situation and Perspectives in the European Union

The use of seroneutralisation techniques is the first concrete step toward the replacement of the mouse challenge test and its derivatives for the batch testing of rabies vaccines.

Rabies inactivated veterinary vaccines and live vaccines are extensively used throughout Europe for the prevention of rabies in domestic animals and foxes, respectively. These immunological veterinary medicinal products belong to a short list, for which any European Union (EU) Member State can request an official control of each batch prior to its release on the market, for reasons concerned with human or animal health. This process, also called Official Control Authority Batch Release (OCABR), came into force in 2005, throughout the EU.

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