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ICCVAM Biennial Report 2018-2019

ICCVAM Biennial Report 2018-2019
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Measuring Success in Implementation of Alternative Methods and Reduction of Animal Use

In September 2019, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report, “Animal Use in Research: Federal Agencies Should Assess and Report on Their Efforts to Develop and Promote Alternatives.” The report describes how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, USDA, and EPA ensure researchers consider the use of alternatives to animals and examines the steps the agencies have taken to facilitate the use of alternative research methods and to assess the effect of their efforts on animal use. The report recommended that ICCVAM establish a workgroup to develop metrics that ICCVAM member agencies could use to assess progress made toward reducing, refining, or replacing animal use in testing. Furthermore, the report recommended that such metrics be incorporated into ICCVAM Biennial Progress Reports. ICCVAM approved the establishment of a metrics workgroup in November 2019, and the workgroup will develop objectives and a timeline for planned activities during meetings in early 2020.

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