All stages of R&D Systems’ animal-free production include the following:
Dedicated Laboratories: Our Animal-Free products are manufactured in a dedicated, controlled access facility which is used exclusively for the production, purification, and bottling of Animal-Free proteins.
Standard Operating Procedures: Every stage of R&D Systems Animal-Free product manufacturing employs Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). SOPs are fundamental to assure consistency from lot to lot and guarantee the highest quality of products.
Deviation Systems: Our quality assurance protocols involve deviation systems, which ensure that any non-conforming products (i.e., that those do not meet the requirements outlined below) are identified at the earliest opportunity. All deviations are reported, investigated, and recorded.
In addition, each stage of our established protein production methodology has been specifically modified for the manufacture of Animal-Free products:
We ensure that lab supplies containing animal-derived materials meet the requirements necessary to inactivate Bovine Serum Encephalopathy (BSE) and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). Any peripheral supplies employed must: a) meet international requirements for minimizing the transmission of animal spongiform encephalopathy, and b) be subjected to rigorous BSE/TSE inactivation procedures.
At this time, some of the peripherals used in R&D Systems’ animal-free production processes may be made of plastics that contain or come in contact with animal-derived substances. These materials must meet one or more of the following criteria regarding the transmission of animal spongiform encephalopathy:
Letters are on file from the relevant manufacturers stating that supplies from outside vendors have also undergone at least one of the following rigorous methods that are recognized for the inactivation of BSE and TSE:
In our continuing efforts to provide our customers with the highest quality proteins produced under stringent conditions, we will continue to search for animal-free replacements for the above mentioned peripherals and substitute these whenever possible.