[ascct] A New Vision and Direction for ICCVAM: Comments Requested on Draft Document

  • From: Kristie Sullivan <KSullivan@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: "ascct@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ascct@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:07:38 -0400

As many of you know, ICCVAM is undergoing a change in leadership and is working 
on a new strategic direction and relational framework with stakeholders. 
Comments from stakeholders and scientists in this filed [ASCCT members!] are 

Written comments received by September 10 will be discussed by SACATM.

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods 
(ICCVAM) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the 
Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) work together to 
promote the development, validation, and regulatory acceptance of new and 
revised regulatory test methods. In a February 2013 editorial in the journal 
Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institute of Environmental Health 
Sciences and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum announced upcoming significant changes 
to the focus and priorities of both ICCVAM and NICEATM.

A draft document now available on the NTP website, titled “A New Vision and 
Direction for ICCVAM,” describes the initial steps towards a new strategic 
direction for ICCVAM. Specifically, this document discusses (1) ICCVAM priority 
setting and areas for scientific focus for immediate resource investment; (2) 
plans to improve communications with stakeholders and the public; and (3) 
exploration of new paradigms for the validation and utilization of alternative 
toxicological methods.

NICEATM invites public comments on “A New Vision and Direction for ICCVAM.” The 
document will be discussed at the Sept. 24 meeting of the Scientific Advisory 
Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM).

Links to “A New Vision and Direction for ICCVAM,” the Environmental Health 
Perspectives editorial, and the ICCVAM response to the editorial are available 
on the SACATM Background Materials page http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/40529, 
under the heading “New ICCVAM Vision and Procedures.” To submit a comment on “A 
New Vision and Direction for ICCVAM,” go to 
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/opensolicitations and select the “Submit Comment” 
link beside the SACATM meeting announcement. Written comments submitted by 
September 10 will be considered during the discussion of the draft document at 
the SACATM meeting.

For more information about the SACATM meeting, go to 
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/32822. This page includes links to the Background 
Materials page, a preliminary meeting agenda, a registration form to attend the 
meeting, and a webcast that will be available on the day of the meeting.

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