Building confidence in new scientific methods challenges researchers

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

National Toxicology Program (NTP) scientist Warren Casey, Ph.D., joined government scientists from around the world at an Oct. 23-24 meeting on building scientific confidence in new methods for chemical safety testing. Participants identified challenges, such as finding efficient approaches to demonstrating validity of test methods and demonstrating relevance of tests for health outcomes that lack animal data.

“Validation and Establishing Scientific Confidence” was held at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. Casey was joined at the meeting by Anna Lowit, Ph.D., from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Emily Reinke, Ph.D., from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Lowit and Reinke co-chair the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM). Casey directs the NTP Interagency Center for the Validation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, which provides scientific and administrative support for ICCVAM.

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