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Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Subcommittee (EDMVS)

After the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC) completed its work and disbanded in 1998, EPA organized a Standardization and Validation Task Force (SVTF) out of date consisting of representation from a broad range of sectors, including federal agencies, agrichemical companies, commodity chemical companies, and environmental and public health organizations to coordinate and conduct the scientific and technical work necessary to validate the screens and tests recommended by the EDSTAC. In 2001, SVTF was replaced by the EDMVS whose meetings are conducted according to the Federal Advisory Committee Acts (FACA). The mission of EDMVS is to provide technical input to EPA for the assays recommended by EDSTAC. EDMVS critically examines each step of the validation process for the assays and was established as a subcommittee under the auspices of EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT and its EDMVS work to ensure that scientifically-sound assays are developed for animal- and non-animal-based endocrine disruptor screens and tests during the validation process. NACEPT and EDMVS also ensure that people and organizations have the opportunity to comment and express their concerns and issues associated with the assays and processes.

EDMVS members have expertise in mammalian, ecological, and in vitro endocrine disruptor screening and testing methods; toxicity test methods standardization and validation; and/or chemical and pesticide regulatory processes. EDMVS members represent the agrichemical and commodity chemical industries, environmental organizations, public health organizations, academia, animal welfare organizations, federal agencies, and state governments. As a charter member and co-chair of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), EPA (and EDMVS) is following the interagency validation framework in the development and refinement of assays to reduce animal use, refine procedures involving animals to make them less stressful, and replace animals where scientifically appropriate.

EDMVS holds up to six meetings per year in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)/NACEPT rules. At these meetings EDMVS members review pre-validation and validation reports and data for all the assays/tests, review protocols, review study plans, and provide recommendations on animal welfare issues.

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