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Passed House amended (10/17/2000)

ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000 - Defines "alternative test method" as a test method that reduces the number of animals required, refines procedures to lessen or eliminate pain or distress to animals, enhances animal well-being, or replaces animals with non-animal systems or one animal species with a lower animal species, such as replacing a mammal with an invertebrate.

(Sec. 3) Makes the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) a permanent interagency coordinating committee of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Sets forth ICCVAM objectives, including: (1) increasing the efficiency of Federal test method review; and (2) reducing animal testing where feasible.

Directs the Institute to establish a Scientific Advisory Committee.

Sets forth ICCVAM duties.

(Sec. 4) Requires each Federal agency to: (1) identify and forward to ICCVAM any test method specified in a regulation or guideline that requires or recommends animal testing; (2) promote valid alternative test methods if the alternatives are effective for generating data (in an amount and of a scientific value that is at least equivalent to the data generated from existing tests) for hazard identification, dose-response assessment, or risk assessment; and (3) adopt ICCVAM recommendations unless the agency finds that the recommendations are inadequate or unsatisfactory.

(Sec. 5) Makes this Act inapplicable to research related to the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, or prevention of physical or mental diseases or impairments of humans or animals.