The concept of a group devoted to canine atopic dermatitis commenced in 1999, when the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) approved the proposal of establishing the ACVD Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis (AD). This group undertook efforts to widely review then-current literature on atopic dermatitis in dogs, and to prepare a series of summary “white papers” that reviewed the existing knowledge on this topic. This effort culminated in the publication of a special issue of Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology on canine atopic dermatitis in 2001 (Vet Immunol Immunopathol 81: 143-387, 2001).
This issue encompassed 24 review articles and an introduction with a lexicon. The work was well-received by the veterinary dermatology community, as shown by these articles having now been cited more than 700 times within a ten-year period. After the completion of the original work, it was decided to continue the Task Force to work on other important areas in AD, but also to have the inclusion of an international representation. Thus, the Task Force continued, with an expanded membership, as the International Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis (ITFCAD).
The Task Force, first under the chairmanship of Thierry Olivry and then Richard Halliwell, met at least annually since 2000. It has, through the work of its members on behalf of the Task Force, published a number of critical review papers, and some of an original nature, on the subject of canine AD. It also proposed a revised nomenclature and standard definitions of terminology pertaining to veterinary allergy.
As the Task Force efforts evolved, there was clear interest in furthering
the development of the discipline of allergy as it affects domestic animal species other than the dog, and also a desire that the group become a permanent Committee rather than a temporary body. Thus
the members of ITFCAD voted to dissolve the group as it existed, and merge the membership into a new group called the International Committee on Allergic Diseases of Animals (ICADA). Thus, ICADA (i-k-a-d-a) was born in 2010, with a larger membership of about 25 individuals and a new remit:
To arrange for the publication of critical reviews on atopic dermatitis, and other allergic conditions affecting the skin and other organ systems of all domestic animal species
To encourage and foster the development of research projects on the subject
To advance the practice of veterinary dermatology as applied to allergic diseases by encouraging best practice through publications, lectures etc.; developing systems of quality control of laboratory tests relevant to the diagnosis of allergic diseases; and other approaches that may from time to time become appropriate.