Assessment of genetic recombination and re-assortment of imported veterinary vaccines

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, July 2018

This publication sets out guidelines for assessing the biosecurity risk of genetic recombination and re-assortment of imported veterinary vaccines.

These guidelines will assist the department to assess import permit applications for veterinary vaccines and master seeds.

They will also help importers determine what documentation is needed for assessment of their import application.

The guidelines present a risk assessment framework consisting of a series of questions presented as a decision tree. This enables the assessment of two fundamental components of risk relating to recombination and re-assortment of imported veterinary vaccines:

  1. the likelihood of recombination or re-assortment
  2. the magnitude of the consequences if recombination or re-assortment produces a more virulent or transmissible virus or bacterium than already present in Australia.

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