WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standardization
Fifty-eighth Report
Technical Report Series, No 963
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241209632 ISBN-10    9241209631
Order Number    11000963 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    50.00 / US$    60.00 Developing countries:    CHF    35.00
English     2011        252   pages
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This report presents the recommendations of a WHO Expert Committee commissioned to coordinate activities leading to the adoption of international recommendations to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of vaccines, blood products and other biological medicines, and the establishment of international biological reference standards for these products and related diagnostic devices.

The report starts with a discussion of general issues brought to the Committee's attention and provides information on the status and development of reference materials for various antibodies, antigens, blood products and related substances, cytokines, growth factors, and endocrinological substances. The second part of the report, of particular relevance to manufacturers and national regulatory authorities, contains WHO recommendations and guidelines on Japanese encephalitis vaccine (inactivated), human; regulatory preparedness for human pandemic influenza vaccines; and clinical evaluation of meningococcal C conjugate vaccines..

Also included are a list of recommendations, guidelines and other documents for biological substances used in medicines, and of international standards and reference reagent for biological substances.