View the complete ICCVAM Mission, Vision and Strategic Priorities document [PDF].
ICCVAM developed mission and vision statements at a 2004 strategic planning meeting.
The committee also developed a strategic direction for ICCVAM for the years 2004-2006,
consistent with its purposes and duties in the ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000. These strategic
priorities are further developed in the 2008-2012 NICEATM-ICCVAM Five Year Plan.
ICCVAM's mission is to facilitate development, validation and regulatory acceptance of new and revised regulatory test
methods that reduce2, refine3, and replace4 the use of animals in
testing while maintaining and promoting scientific quality and the protection of human health, animal health, and the
Adopted by ICCVAM: February 11, 2004
- Be recognized as a leading authority on test method development and validation both within the federal government and internationally
- Play a leading role in:
- Promoting high quality science as the basis of national and international regulatory policy
- Setting and harmonizing international standards for scientific validation of test methods
- Promoting and facilitating the development of priority alternative test methods
- Identifying key alternative test methods and strategies and facilitating their validation and acceptance
- Fostering humane and ethical approaches to testing that replace, reduce, and refine the use of animals
- Promoting awareness and adoption of scientifically validated test methods by regulatory agencies both nationally and internationally
- Develop the internal and collaborative capacity to:
- Ensure the scientific quality and integrity of its work
- Implement reliable processes and operating procedures that are credible, effective and efficient
- Build national and international partnerships with governmental and non-governmental groups, including academia, industry, advocacy groups, and other key stakeholders
- Secure the necessary human and financial resources to effectively carry out its mission
The table below maps the six strategic priorities that ICCVAM considers necessary to
strengthen its impact both nationally and internationally. Each strategic priority is
accompanied by a brief rationale and list of the strategic objectives that should be pursued.
ICCVAM has developed a specific plan to implement each of these strategic priorities.
These plans are reviewed and updated periodically to track the progress toward meeting the
Strengthen ICCVAM's Impact Nationally and Internationally
Strengthen Interaction with Stakeholders
|Set priorities for evaluating test methods and carrying out reviews
- Implement priority setting process
- Periodically evaluate stakeholder priorities
- Develop review documents and performance standards
- Conduct appropriate review activity
- Develop and forward recommendations to Federal agencies
- Periodically reevaluate applicability of recommended test methods
|Facilitate collaborative scientific validation internationally
- Foster network of international collaborators
- Build consensus on validation and collaboration processes
- Develop ICCVAM infrastructure to promote and track collaborative efforts
|Stimulate development of priority test methods and strategies
- Establish ICCVAM priorities for test method development
- Conduct technical meetings on state-of-the-science in priority areas
- Formulate research recommendations and stimulate research
- Evaluate research progress and results in prioritized areas
- Facilitate nomination of promising test methods for validation studies
|Foster appropriate use of validated test methods
- Promote awareness of validated methods
- Provide education on utility, advantages and disadvantages
- Support implementation of new methods using workshops and training
|Strengthen ICCVAM capability and sustainability
- Document organizational procedures and partnerships
- Publish accomplishments and explore other outreach opportunities
- Attract/Obtain dedicated funding
- Develop and implement ICCVAM representative succession plan
- Explore possibility of expanding resources and capabilities
- Seek ex-officio status with OECD and other international organizations
1All of ICCVAM's activities are grounded in the U.S.
Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animal Used in Testing, Research, and Training.
2Reduction alternative: New or modified test method/s that reduce/s the number of animals required for a test method, while remaining consistent with sound scientific practices necessary to obtain valid results.
3Refinement alternative: New or modified test method/s that refine/s procedures to lessen or eliminate pain or distress in animals or enhances animal well-being.
4Replacement alternative: New or modified test method/s that replace/s animals with non-animal systems or replace/s an animal species with a phylogenetically lower species.