Claiming that using animals is unnecessary for routine teaching and training of PG pharmacology and physiology courses, more than 60 doctors have requested the National Medical Commission ensure that animals are replaced by more effective, human-relevant techniques in PG courses.


This comes as a response to the draft Postgraduate (PG) Medical Education Regulations 2021, released by the National Medical Commission (NMC), which mandates the use of animals in teaching and training of PG pharmacology and physiology courses, reports IANS.

NMC had clarified in the Draft PG Medical Regulations 2021 that, "Animal experimentation should continue to be included as an integral part of the competency based curriculum of Postgraduate Courses in Physiology and Pharmacology in medical institutions and the concerned medical institutions shall ensure that all governing statutory regulations with regard to the use of animal experimentation in Postgraduate Courses in teaching and training of the said Postgraduate courses are strictly adhered to."

Pointing out that if the students continue to use animals in their courses they would miss the emerging animal-free trends and employment opportunities, the doctors have requested the apex medical education regulatory body to amend the proposed guidelines and remove the mandate to use animals.

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