In public comments submitted today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) charged that the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) continues to fail at implementing its Congressional mandate to facilitate the uptake of nonanimal testing methods government-wide. Specifically, the groups charge that ICCVAM's Draft Five-Year Plan (2013-2017):
With the exception of sponsoring one or two workshops between now and 2017, there are few concrete goals described in the plan and no timeframes set for achieving progress. NICEATM-ICCVAM should be playing a leadership role in bringing about change and achieving the 21st century toxicity testing vision; instead, the plan relegates the entities to a peripheral, minor role at best – and to an obstacle at worst – while member agencies and European counterparts take the lead. In addition, PETA and PCRM call upon NICEATM-ICCVAM to promote – rather than oppose – U.S. adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and allow meaningful representation of experts in nonanimal testing from animal protection organizations on its scientific advisory committee.