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ICCVAM member agencies participate in the development and national review of guidelines for the testing of chemicals issued by the Test Guidelines Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD test guidelines represent internationally agreed upon testing methods that can be used by government, industry, and independent laboratories in the 35 OECD member countries to determine the safety of chemicals and chemical preparations.
The U.S. National Coordinator for the OECD Test Guidelines Programme, an ex officio member of ICCVAM, solicits and collates U.S. comments on draft test guidelines and other documents of the Test Guidelines Programme. The National Coordinator represents the United States at the annual meeting of the Working Group of National Coordinators and in other test guideline development activities. Wanda Hall, EPA, has served as U.S. National Coordinator since 2015.
In addition to reviewing a number of test guidelines under revision during 2016 and 2017, NICEATM and ICCVAM collaborated with international colleagues on a revision of the acute dermal toxicity test guideline (Test Guideline 402) adopted by OECD in 2017. NICEATM and ICCVAM also collaborated with international colleagues on the following OECD activities: