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Exploring Current Read-across Applications and Needs Among Selected U.S. Federal Agencies

Abstract: 
Read-across is a well-established data gap-filling technique applied for regulatory purposes. While the application of read-across has garnered much attention in the European Union and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries, the extent of uptake and acceptance of read-across among U.S. federal agencies is less clear. In an effort to build read-across capacity, raise awareness of the state of the science, and work towards a harmonization of read-across approaches across U.S. agencies, a new read-across workgroup was established under the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM). This is one of several ad hoc groups ICCVAM has convened to implement the ICCVAM Strategic Roadmap. In this article, we outline the charge and scope of the workgroup and summarize the current applications, tools used, and needs of the agencies represented on the workgroup for read-across. Of the agencies surveyed, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had the greatest experience in using read-across whereas other agencies indicated that they would benefit from gaining a perspective of the landscape of the tools and available guidance. Two practical case studies are also described to illustrate how the read-across approaches applied by different agencies vary on account of decision context.