Prize for Nonanimal Policymaking
The International Council for Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO), which the Physicians Committee leads, won a $64,000 Lush Prize in November for outstanding contributions to replacing animal testing—specifically recommending policy reform that includes nonanimal test methods.
“We are honored for ICAPO members to be recognized for their efforts to advance safety science worldwide to better protect human health and the environment while reducing reliance on outdated and inhumane tests on rabbits, mice and other animals,” says Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., ICAPO secretariat and director of regulatory testing issues for the Physicians Committee. “Modern human cell-based and computational approaches to chemical and product safety assessment provide a win-win for humans and animals, given that results of these tests are often more relevant to humans, as well as being less time- and cost-intensive to obtain.”
Since 2006, the Physicians Committee has served as the Secretariat of ICAPO, which works for the widest possible implementation of measures to replace, reduce, and refine animal tests within Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines and programs. The OECD is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Paris that sets chemical testing guidelines worldwide. ICAPO is made up of groups from most OECD member countries, including in Europe, North America, and Asia.
To learn more about the Physicians Committee’s work with ICAPO, visit PCRM.org/ICAPO.