US Department of Veterans Affairs joins effort to reduce animal testing

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US Department of Veterans Affairs joins effort to reduce animal testing

8 December 2020
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become the 17th member agency of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM).

Among the federal agencies represented on the committee are the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ICCVAM facilitates interagency and international collaborations that promote the development, regulatory acceptance, and use of alternative test methods that reduce, refine, or replace the use of animals.

Like other federal agencies, the VA is working to reduce or eliminate the use of animals in ways that also improve predictions of human health hazards, noted Christopher Bever, M.D. Bever directs Biomedical and Laboratory Research in the VA Office of Research and Development (ORD).

ICCVAM, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, was established in December 2000 by the ICCVAM Authorization Act. The act named 15 agencies as members and stated that the committee should include “any other agency that develops, or employs test or test data using animals, or regulates on the basis of using animals in toxicity testing.” In 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology joined the committee.