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ICATM partners agree to strengthen international cooperation on alternatives to animal testing

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Dec 04, 2013

On 26 and 27 November 2013, the EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) hosted a coordination meeting of the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM).

Representatives from the US (NICEATM / ICCVAM), Japan (JaCVAM), Canada (Health Canada) and Korea (KoCVAM) participating in the ICATM framework (International Collaboration on Alternative Test Methods) gathered at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra to discuss ways to further intensify and coordinate their on-going collaborative projects and to identify future activities of mutual interest.

The ICATM partnership supports the communication and collaboration of international validation activities in view of increasing efficiency and effectiveness, and arriving at harmonised recommendations on validated test methods to facilitate their global acceptance and use.

During the first day, ICATM Partners presented their mandate, the legislative context and drivers for their establishment, their priorities and structure and also investigated the existing commonalities and differences between jurisdictions. They furthermore presented activity updates on test method prioritisation, on-going validation studies, peer reviews, recommendations and international regulatory acceptance (e.g., OECD, ICH, ISO). 

The second day was dedicated to discussions on opportunities for more targeted cooperation in these different areas, as well as on the establishment and use of validation laboratory networks (e.g., EU-NETVAL and others). The ICATM partners also agreed to further develop TSAR (Tracking Systems for Alternative methods towards Regulatory acceptance) so that it can be used as a platform for communication and dissemination between ICATM partners, regulators, stakeholders and the general public concerning the progress of methods through the validation and regulatory acceptance process.

A summary report of the meeting will be soon made available on the site of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM).


Photo: Group of participants to the ICATM meeting. Copyright EU 2013.