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The IMPC is a confederation of international mouse phenotyping projects working towards the agreed goals of the consortium: To undertake the phenotyping of 20,000 mouse mutants over a ten year period, providing the first functional annotation of a mammalian genome.

The IMPC Steering Committee provides the governance for the overall consortium. Participants are tasked with making key strategic decisions including selection of participating organizations, approving and coordinating key operational decisions such as phenotyping platforms and pipeline used, quality assurance and operating standards, and IT organization. Membership provides stakeholders with an opportunity to influence key activities as they develop.