ICCVAM Public Forum: May 2020

Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM): advancing alternatives to animal testing

Webcast: May 21, 2020

Link to video recording on NIEHS website

The recording includes two videos:

  • Morning session (3 hrs, 30 min)
  • Afternoon session (2 hrs, 41 min)

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.

Usually an in-person event, the 2020 public forum was presented as a webinar that was attended by over 400 viewers. Representatives of ICCVAM member agencies described work both to advance new approaches to safety testing of chemicals and medical products and to reduce the amount of testing required. Commenters at the forum commended the agencies’ progress and noted the importance of federal agencies taking leadership roles in reducing animal testing. In addition to government agencies, viewers represented pharmaceutical and chemical companies, animal welfare organizations, and test method developers. 


Welcome and Introductions: Anna Lowit, EPA, and Emily Reinke, U.S. Department of Defense, ICCVAM Co-chairs

Reflections on 20 Years of ICCVAM: Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS

ICCVAM Workgroup Updates: Warren Casey, NIEHS

NICEATM Update: Nicole Kleinstreuer, NIEHS

Update on FDA Activities on Alternative Methods: Suzanne Fitzpatrick, FDA

IATA for Developmental Neurotoxicity: Mamta Behl, NIEHS

Update on Alternatives Research Activities at EPA: Rusty Thomas, EPA Office of Research and Development

EPA Office of Pesticide Programs: Monique Perron, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs

Update from EPA/OSCPP/OPPT: James Cox and Todd Stedeford, EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

USDA Animal Welfare Information Center: Jessie Kull, USDA

59MDW Science and Technology Overview and Upcoming Toxicology Projects: Amber Mallory, 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio

OSHA Update to ICCVAM: Deana Holmes and Janet Carter, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

NCATS Update on Tox21 Activities: Anton Simeonov, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Measurement Science Activities Under ICCVAM: Elijah Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology

OECD Test Guidelines Programme Update: Wanda Hall, EPA

Public Comments Presented During Meeting

Wrap-up: Looking Back at 20 Years of ICCVAM: Nicole Kleinstreuer, NIEHS

Public Comments

Jean Public (April 30)

Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society Legislative Fund (May 7)

Promega Corporation (May 19)

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (May 20)