The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) invites you to participate in a public forum. The purpose of the forum is give stakeholders and members of the public an opportunity to provide ideas and suggestions to representatives of the federal agencies that comprise ICCVAM. Interested persons will be able to attend in person or via teleconference and have the opportunity to make short public statements and ask questions regarding the topics discussed.
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. Representatives of the federal agencies on ICCVAM will be present to hear ideas and suggestions from interested stakeholders and the public.
The meeting will begin with presentations by NICEATM and ICCVAM members on current activities related to the development and validation of alternative test methods and approaches for assessing acute systemic toxicity, endocrine activity, vaccine safety, and skin sensitization potential, as well as updates on ICCVAM processes. Following each presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the ICCVAM members. The agenda also includes time for participants to make public oral statements to inform ICCVAM on topics relevant to its mission and current activities. Attendees are asked to consider two discussion questions:
Do you have suggestions for how best to track progress towards replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal use for safety testing?
Are there specific activities or areas on which you would like to see more focus from ICCVAM?
Interested persons will be able to attend in person or view the meeting via webinar. Those wishing to make a public statement are encouraged to attend in person to facilitate interaction with ICCVAM member agencies. More information and a link to registration forms are available at the link above. Persons planning to attend are encouraged to register by May 15.