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Veterinary medicines
‘Recognised veterinary practice’ in the context of clinical field trials
  1. Ian Nanjiani 1,
  2. David Hume 2,
  3. Julie Fitzpatrick 3 and
  4. John Murray 4
  1. 1Head of Clinical Research, Westpoint Veterinary Group, Dawes Farm, Bognor Road, Warnham, West Sussex RH12 3SH
  2. 2Director of the Roslin Institute and Chair of the National Institutes of Biosciences, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  3. 3Scientific Director, Moredun Research Institute, Chief Executive Officer, Moredun Group
  4. 4Managing Director, Moredun Scientific, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  1. e-mail: ian.nanjiani{at}

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THE Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has recently completed a public consultation (on April 24, 2015) on new draft guidance (VMGN6), which aims to streamline the authorisation process for the issue of Animal Test Certificates (ATCs) for the conduct of clinical trials in animals.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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