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Office of GLP Established at UTMB

The SCVD has recently assisted UTMB in establishing the Office of GLP compliance to aid investigators in achieving those standards in their laboratories.

According to Dr. Andrew McNees of the SCVD, "While industry has been operating under Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines for decades, the majority of academicians have not been required to adopt these practices to support their research programs. However, with the increasing national emphasis on product development (particularly vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics) academic institutions are likely to find it necessary to implement these standards."

An initial training workshop to discuss GLP in an academic setting was held September 13, 2004. Subsequent training seminars were held in August of 2005, and Dr. McNees notes that the Office of GLP anticipates facilitating annual training programs as the need dictates. These sessions are held on the UTMB campus and are free for participants.

For additional information on GLP implementation at UTMB, interested parties should contact Melissa M. Davis at (409)266-9438 or via email (

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