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UPDATE NewsletterUPDATE NewsletterMay 2018

NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods

By Catherine Sprankle

Registration Open for ICCVAM Public Forum
Registration is open for the May 24 Public Forum of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Method (ICCVAM). The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting will also be webcast. Information about the meeting is available at

ICCVAM holds annual public forums to share information and facilitate direct communication of ideas and suggestions from stakeholders. This year’s meeting will include presentations by NICEATM and ICCVAM members on current activities related to the development and validation of alternative test methods and approaches, including activities relevant to the implementation of the strategic roadmap for establishing new approaches to evaluate the safety of chemicals and medical products in the United States.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend the meeting in person should register by May 11. Webcast registration will be available through the end of the meeting on May 24.

Pan-American Conference on Alternatives: Abstracts Due April 30
The Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods will be held on August 23-24 at the Windsor Florida Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. This conference provides a forum for scientists from across the Americas to further alternatives to animal testing and build collaboration for the exchange of ideas. The conference is organized by the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. NICEATM Deputy Director Nicole Kleinstreuer, ICCVAM Co-chair Anna Lowit (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]), and ICCVAM member Suzanne Fitzpatrick (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) are on the scientific committee.

There is no registration fee to attend the conference, and travel grants are available. More information about abstract submission and conference logistics is available at

EPA Extends Comment Period on Draft Strategy to Reduce Animal Use
On March 7, EPA released a draft strategy to reduce use of vertebrate animals in chemical testing for public comment. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act, mandated development of the strategy. In an April 27 Federal Register notice (, EPA announced that the deadline for submitting comments on the draft strategy would be extended to May 11.

The draft strategy is available at docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0559. Comments received will be considered in the Agency's development of the final strategy.

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