Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission Plans to Nix Deadly Animal Test

For Immediate Release:

4 June 2020


Dipti M Kapoor ; [email protected]

Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]

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New Delhi – With support from PETA India, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) has made changes to prevent animals from being killed in redundant, lethal experiments (subject to final approval following a public consultation). In its draft, the IPC removed the “abnormal toxicity test” from vaccine monographs of the Indian Pharmacopoeia – the official compilation of approved tests for drugs manufactured and marketed in the country.

In the IPC’s seventh group meeting of experts, on 29 April 2019, the proposal to remove the test was accepted, and upon the approval of the Scientific Body, the draft amendment was just released for public input. PETA India attended this meeting and supported the deletion of the test.

With the passing of the amendment, the IPC will have removed the current mandatory requirement of assessing the possibility of batch contamination by conducting tests on guinea pigs and mice. In these tests, the animals are injected with a vaccine and if none of them die, the batch is deemed safe. Animals who don’t die during the experiment are killed afterwards. The removal of this test will spare the lives of thousands of animals every year

In recent decades, regulators and manufacturers worldwide have recognised the lack of scientific value in continuing to use the abnormal toxicity test. Compliance with good manufacturing practices is superior to the use of animals for controlling and detecting batch contamination.

“This landmark move will prevent sensitive guinea pigs and mice from suffering and dying in this notoriously cruel and scientifically flawed test,” says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Dipti Kapoor. “The future of science is animal-free, and PETA India will keep working to ensure that all remaining animal experiments are replaced with modern, humane methods.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – notes that the vast physiological differences between humans and other species mean that the results of animal experiments are often misleading.

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