March 23, 2020 – Udumalpet, India
Aviagen® India’s Research Laboratory was recently officially recognised as a Research and Development (R&D) facility by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.
Road to certification success
The rigorous certification process was led by Aviagen’s Head of Veterinary Services Dr. Natarajan Kavitha and supported by Senior Management Advisor Dr. Kandasamy Udayasurian, who guided a research panel that helped ensure the program’s success.
Paramount to certification were a well-defined and structured R&D program that leads to the development of innovative products and/or technologies, as well as a long-term R&D policy. Other qualifications included a separate and identifiable R&D infrastructure that is separate from other operations such as production and quality control. And, the laboratory must have qualified staff engaged exclusively in R&D and headed by a full-time, qualified expert.
Dr. Kavitha explained that the laboratory was built in 2016 according to a design specification that would enable the company to meet India’s R&D registration criteria.
“Aviagen is committed to poultry health and welfare, and has extensive programs and procedures in place to take good care of our birds. While the registration and qualification process was thorough, detailed and complicated, I’m proud to say we passed,” she commented.
She went on to say that the certification also allows Aviagen to extend its laboratory research to real-life trials in the field.
Dr. Bill Stanley, Aviagen’s Director of Global Health Monitoring, joined the Aviagen India team in congratulating Dr. Kavitha and Dr. Udayasurian on their hard work that led to this achievement. “This registration adds an important dimension to Aviagen India’s role in promoting India’s poultry industry.”
Aviagen® is a global poultry breeding company that develops pedigree lines for the production of commercial broiler chickens under the Arbor Acres®, Indian River®, and Ross® brand names. The Rowan Range® and Specialty Males® are specialty breeding stock from Aviagen that offer greater flexibility for customers to meet specific or niche market requirements. The company is based in Huntsville, Alabama, USA with a number of wholly-owned operations across the United Kingdom, Europe, Turkey, Latin America, India, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.A., and joint ventures in Asia. Aviagen employs more than 5,000 people and has a distribution network serving customers in more than 100 countries.