USDA Holds Public Meeting On Veterinary Biologics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Center for Veterinary Biologics is announcing its eighth public meeting to discuss regulatory and policy issues related to the manufacture, distribution, and use of veterinary biological products.

The meeting is open to all interested parties. It will be held in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa, Sept. 23 and 24, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

The agenda for this year's meeting is currently being planned and suggestions for topics are being requested. Topics already suggested include international harmonization of regulations, naked DNA vaccines, in vitro testing update, quality assurance, and electronic submission of outlines of production, forms, and data.

The Center for Veterinary Biologics is also inviting licensed producers of veterinary biological products, product users, and other interested parties to present their ideas about the licensing, manufacturing, testing, and distribution of these products.

Please submit meeting topic suggestions, proposed titles for presentations, the names of presenters, and the amount of time needed for the presentations by May 15 to Donald Randall, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Inspection and Compliance, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 510 South 17th Street, Suite 104, Ames, Iowa 50010; phone 515/232-5785, fax 515/232-7120, or e-mail

For registration information, contact Kay Wessman at the same address and fax; phone 515/232-5785, extension 127; or e-mail

APHIS is a part of USDA's regulatory and marketing programs mission area.

Notice of the public meeting was published in the April 14 Federal Register.

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