Viral vaccine Laboratory
has been established
to ensure that the vaccines and antisera produced, distributed and
imported into the country are safe, efficacious and potent with the
mandate to evaluate and ensure the quality of Biologicals referred to
To develop linkage with other national/international institution and
keep abreast with worldwide scientific research and technological
developments in production and quality control of viral vaccine and
antisera with a view to advising on the suitability of their adoption.
To develop technical guidelines/ manuals on standards to be used by
manufacturers and to undertake research on various immunobiologicals using
multidisciplinary integrated approach.
Providing training facilities in quality control testing of viral vaccine
and antisera for personnel of related institutions including testing and
manufacturing units and six month dissertation project for post graduate
students (M.Sc&B.Tech) of various universities is also formed as an
indispensable part of its activities
The biologicals tested by the laboratory are:
The potency assay for cell culture Rabies vaccine carried out by NIH
test (the test was developed at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA). The test measures the degree of protection conferred by inactivated rabies vaccine in immunized mice challenged with rabies virus.