Renewed interest in the development of diagnostics for
animal infections and diseases is motivated by the belief
that suitable diagnostics will assist in the control of
diseases; this stimulates a number of questions about the
regulation of, and standards for, diagnostic evaluation and
monitoring tools. This article, written by Dr Maggie Fisher
BVetMed CBiol MSB MRQA DipEVPC MRCVS and Dr Peter
Holdsworth AO BSc (Hon) PhD FRSB FAICD, will evidence
the lack of regulation of, or standards for, veterinary
diagnostics, in comparison with regulatory frameworks for
veterinary pharma-ceuticals (including biologicals). It will
seek to address whether any differences matter, focussing
on parasitic infections of farm and companion animals in
particular.

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