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Public Meeting: Alternative Test Methods to Reduce Vertebrate Animal Testing under the Toxic Substances Control Act

November 2, 2017
Porter Neuroscience Research Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

View recording of plenary session webcast on National Institutes of Health Videocast site

On March 7, EPA released a draft strategy to reduce use of vertebrate animals in chemical testing for public comment. The draft strategy is available at under docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0559.

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act amended Section 4(h) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a Strategic Plan by June 22, 2018, to promote the development and implementation of alternative test methods and strategies to reduce, refine or replace vertebrate animal testing.

EPA held this public meeting to obtain input from interested parties and the public on the Agency's development of the Strategic Plan. EPA believes this early feedback will be important in developing a strong Strategic Plan.

Goals and objectives to inform the Strategic Plan and that can be used for discussion and comment are available on the EPA website. Comments submitted on the Strategic Plan are posted on the website.

The Agency considered from the meeting and from written comments to develop a draft Strategic Plan that was shared with the public for comment in March 2018. 

The meeting was co-organized by EPA and NICEATM.

Presentation: Developing the Strategic Plan to Reduce, Refine or Replace Vertebrate Animal Testing Under the Amended TSCA
Louis Scarano, Ph.D., EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Presented to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods, September 18, 2017