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UPDATE NewsletterUPDATE NewsletterMay 2015

ICCVAM public forum

By Catherine Sprankle

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) will hold a public forum on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the National Institutes of Health Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Among ICCVAM’s goals is to promote national and international partnerships between government and nongovernment groups. This forum provides an opportunity for ICCVAM member agencies to share information and facilitate direct communication of ideas and suggestions with interested stakeholders.

The meeting will begin with presentations by NICEATM and ICCVAM members on current activities related to the development and validation of test methods and approaches that may replace, reduce, or refine animal use. These include methods for assessing acute systemic toxicity, endocrine activity, vaccine safety, and skin sensitization potential. Presenters will also discuss recently revised ICCVAM operating procedures. Following each presentation, time will be set aside for attendees to ask questions. The agenda also includes time for attendees to make public oral statements to inform ICCVAM on topics relevant to its mission and current activities. Attendees are asked to consider addressing the following questions in their statements:

  • Do you have any suggestions regarding how best to track progress towards replacement, reduction, or refinement of animal use in safety testing?
  • Are there specific activities or areas where you would like to see ICCVAM place more focus?

Interested persons can attend the public forum in person or view the forum remotely by webcast. While participants viewing the webcast will be able to submit statements via email, those wishing to make a public statement are encouraged to attend in person to enable face-to-face dialog with ICCVAM members. More information about the forum, deadlines, and registration to attend and/or make a public statement is available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/iccvamforum-2015. For planning purposes, persons planning to attend are encouraged to register by May 15.

The NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Methods (NICEATM) will provide logistical support for the public forum. Questions about the event can be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Maull (919-316-4668 or maull@niehs.nih.gov).

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