National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program

ICCVAM Public Forum: May 2015

May 27, 2015 — 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Conference Room D, William H. Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Read about the Public Forum in the NIEHS Environmental Factor newsletter 

View recording of the Public Forum webcast (NIH VideoCasting website; runtime 2:57:07)
View correction
to Dr. Carol Clarke's (USDA) remarks about the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Annual Report 

Slides from agency representative's presentations are linked to the appropriate agenda items below.

ICCVAM’s goals include promotion of national and international partnerships between governmental and nongovernmental groups, including academia, industry, advocacy groups, and other key stakeholders. To foster these partnerships, ICCVAM holds annual public forums to share information and facilitate direct communication of ideas and suggestions from stakeholders.

This year's forum began with presentations by NICEATM and ICCVAM members on current activities related to the development and validation of alternative test methods and approaches that may replace, reduce, or refine animal use. These included methods for assessing acute systemic toxicity, endocrine activity, vaccine safety, and skin sensitization potential. The agenda included time for attendees to make public oral statements to inform ICCVAM on topics relevant to its mission and current activities.

Additional Information

Federal Register notice announcing meeting (Apr. 14, 2015) — View notice as webpage

Meeting attendees were asked to consider addressing the following discussion questions in their statements:

  • Do you have suggestions for how best to track progress towards replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal use for safety testing?
  • Are there specific activities or areas on which you would like to see more focus from ICCVAM?


  1. Welcome and Introductions
    Abigail Jacobs, PhD, ICCVAM Co-Chair

  2. ICCVAM and NICEATM Updates
  3. Agency Updates
  4. Public Comments
  5. Closing
    Dr. Lowit
NTP is located at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.