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SOT Headquarters Office
1821 Michael Faraday Drive
Suite 300
Reston, Virginia  20190
Tel: 703.438.3115
Fax: 703.438.3113
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The Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the US and abroad. SOT is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology. The Society promotes the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in toxicology, aids in the protection of public health, and facilitates disciplines. The Society has a strong commitment to education in toxicology and to the recruitment of students and new members into the profession.

What is Toxicology?

Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects.

The Society of Toxicology was founded in 1961 as a not-for-profit scientific society. The historical accounting of the Society, Society of Toxicology 1961–1997, is now available online. The Historical account from 1961–1986 was compiled by the past SOT Historian, Dr. Harry W. Hays, and is available both in print and online. Dr. Robert Scala, the past SOT Historian, has compiled the historical content from 1986 to 1997, which is available online. The history from 1998 to the present will be added to the site as it becomes available.

The Society is governed by an 13-person elected Council and managed by an administrative office in the Washington, DC area. The Society’s activities are highly diverse and assisted by the efforts of nearly 46 Elected and Appointed Committees, Subcommittees, and Task Forces.

The Society has established 27 Specialty Sections that may propose sessions for the Annual Meeting, exchange information through its newsletter, Communiqué, present Awards, and participate in other scientific activities.

The Society of Toxicology has 18 Regional Chapters that sponsor regular local meetings throughout the year. The purpose of the Regional Chapters is to foster scientific exchange at a local level.

To increase the diversity and inclusiveness, the Society of Toxicology promotes and facilitates the formation of subgroups of members with a common ethnicity, country of origin, and gender. Thus far, six Special Interest Groups have been established to develop, propose, and conduct programs and educational activities focused on career development opportunities for toxicologists and recognition of the accomplishments of toxicologists within each group.

The Society of Toxicology is dedicated to developing knowledge for the improvement of the health and safety of living beings and the protection of their environment. In attaining the objective, each SOT member must maintain high ethical standards, and to this purpose, this Code of Ethics requires a personal commitment.


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