International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM)
Owner/Developer: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program
|United States of America
ICATM was originally established by an agreement signed by ICCVAM, EURL ECVAM, the Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (JaCVAM), and Health Canada. ICATM's goals are: To establish international cooperation in the critical areas of validation studies, independent peer review, and development of harmonized recommendations in order to ensure worldwide acceptance of alternative methods and strategies, To establish international cooperation necessary to ensure that new alternative test methods/strategies adopted for regulatory use will provide equivalent or improved protection for people, animals, and the environment, while replacing, reducing, or refining (causing less pain and distress) animal use where scientifically feasible.
|Policy-makers - Regulators
|Replacement - Reduction - Refinement
|Validation - Method development - Documentation and information
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