HC Deb 08 June 2000 vol 351 c328W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent advice his Department has(a) sought and (b) received concerning the effectiveness of the purification process for removing bovine material from vaccines in the early stages of manufacture; what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of this process; and if he will make a statement. [124086]

Yvette Cooper

For those vaccines which use bovine material in the early stages of their manufacture, manufacturers are required to provide supporting evidence to the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) that the purification process is properly controlled and validated, to ensure the removal of such material. The Committee on the Safety of Medicines advises the MCA on the suitability of the purification process and its validation.

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