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THE Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has recently completed a public consultation (on April 24, 2015) on new draft guidance (VMGN6), which aims to streamline the authorisation process for the issue of Animal Test Certificates (ATCs) for the conduct of clinical trials in animals.
We would like to acknowledge the steps the VMD has taken, which go a long way towards clarifying when an ATC suffices for field trials, and when a study should be conducted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA). However, there is still considerable ambiguity and uncertainty around whether an ATC will be granted, as the decision …
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