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Strategic Roadmap: Implementation

Roadmap graphic incorporating the concepts of utilization, confidence, and technology

View details of ongoing and planned activities for implementation of the Strategic Roadmap in the following areas:

ICCVAM establishes temporary ad hoc workgroups to perform specific tasks identified by the committee as being important for the development or validation of new approach methodologies, and it is envisioned that ICCVAM workgroups will play a key role in implementing the goals of the strategic roadmap. The workgroups are chaired by representatives from agencies that use or require data from the topic of interest. The chairs are responsible for developing the group’s scope and charge, which is then reviewed and approved by ICCVAM. ICCVAM member agencies and partners in the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing, the Japanese Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Methods, the Korean Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Methods, and Health Canada) are then invited to participate in the workgroup.

ICCVAM workgroups will develop detailed implementation plans to address roadmap goals, tailored to specific toxicological endpoints of concern. These implementation plans will include four key elements: (1) definition of testing needs; (2) identification of any available alternative tests and computer models; (3) a plan to develop integrated approaches to testing and assessment and defined approaches for interpreting data; and (4) a plan to address both scientific and non-scientific challenges, including regulatory challenges, such as international harmonization.

Given the critical importance of stakeholder engagement in the roadmap process, a communication plan will be developed to broaden awareness of, and invite, engagement with the strategic roadmap. The communication plan will ensure timely, project-specific communication about activities and accomplishments relevant to the roadmap throughout the stakeholder community. Building on the regular ICCVAM public event schedule (which includes annual meetings of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods, the ICCVAM Public Forum, and the ICCVAM Community of Practice webinars), the communication plan will leverage a variety of mechanisms to facilitate the broad communication of ideas related to the roadmap’s implementation, which could include focused workshops, webinars, news articles and other messages distributed via email, and web-based questionnaires and comment forms.