Republic of Korea's Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods joins the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods
|Mar 15, 2011|
|Contact: JRC-IHCP, Communication|
On 8 March 2011, the Republic of Korea became the fifth member of the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM).
The event took place in Washington DC, within the framework of the 50th annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology.
ICATM was officially created in April 2009, when an agreement was signed between validation bodies from Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. The agreement formalised already good collaboration between the validation bodies and established enhanced international cooperation and coordination on the scientific validation and evaluation of e.g. in vitro toxicity testing methods. The addition of KoCVAM (Republic of Korea's Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods) complements the capacities of ICATM to manage international validation studies and to promote global acceptance of non-animal test methods.
The European counterpart in ICATM is the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). A representative from ECVAM took part in the recent joining event, along with the representatives of the partner validation bodies from Canada, Japan and the United States. The Republic of Korea was represented by their Institute of Food and Drug Safety, the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA), their Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the U.S.
Photo: Signature of the agreement. Front row, left to right: Dr. Linda Birnbaum (NIHS and NTP), Mr. Mike Inskip (Health Canada), Dr. Joachim Kreysa (ECVAM), Dr. Yasuo Ohno (National Institute of Health Sciences, Japan), Dr. Seung Hee Kim (NIFDS, Korea Food and Drug Administration). Copyright © NIH/NIHS