Opinion: do not ban animal immunization for antibody production


On 15 May 2020, the European reference laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) published a recommendation on non-animal-derived antibodies, stating that: “animals should no longer be used for the development and production of antibodies for research, regulatory, diagnostic and therapeutic applications". Experts from within VIB and from several Belgian biotech and pharmaceutical companies caution against a general ban.