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In the Spotlight

NAS Report Confirms Listing of Formaldehyde as Carcinogen—A review and assessment of available formaldehyde research led a committee, consisting of five SOT members, to confirm the National Toxicology Program’s listing of formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen.” The full National Academy of Sciences Report with this conclusion was released earlier this month. (8/13/14)

New Phthlates Recommended for Ban—Phthalates are ubiquitous in our world, as they are used to make plastic more flexible and durable. Last month, the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel on Phthlates issued its final report to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on the use of specific phthalates’ use in children’s toys and childcare items. The panel, which included an SOT member, recommended adding five new phthalates to the permanent ban list. (8/6/14)

More Research Needed on Health Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing—A new paper in Environmental Health Perspectives urges the need for new research on health outcomes associated with unconventional natural gas drilling, such as hydraulic fracturing.

This paper strongly mirrors SOT’s position on the need to use sound science, including toxicology, to assess health and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing. (7/30/14)

A Connection Between Industry and Poor Health?—Last year, a federal court convicted Tonawanda Coke Corp. of violating environmental laws and ordered it to support $11 million in research into the health effects of its emissions on residents of Tonawanda, New York.

The University at Buffalo researchers, including SOT Member Jim Olson, have announced their plans for the $11 million, 10-year study. Before the needed research can begin, though, an appeals court has to render its verdict. (7/24/14)

Examining GM Myths—There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the science of genetically modified (GM) organisms and food, in particular. Popular Science has gathered a list of some of the most common misunderstandings about the technology, benefits, and potential risks. The Society of Toxicology’s long-standing position on GM foods is that they do not pose any unique risks from those posed by foods created through natural breeding processes. (7/16/14)

Congressional Briefing

SOT Hosted a Luncheon Congressional Briefing on the Tools and Technologies for Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century.

CCT FutureTox—The Society Sponsored a Two-Day Workshop on FutureTox with more than 200 Professionals Attending.

Thomas: Bills Before Congress—A service provided by the Library of Congress which offers up-to-the-minute legislative information. Schedules for House, Senate, and Committee Hearings are also available. This site also provides access to the Federal Register, the official record of Congressional Activity.

Meet SOT’s Leadership

SOT is led by a group of full-time board members, called Councilors, who are elected by ballot by the full membership and who manage the affairs of SOT. Learn more about SOT’s leaders.

Issue and Position Statements

As part of the Society’s mission to build for the future of toxicology and to promote the recognition of Toxicology by increasing the reliance of policy, regulatory and corporate decision-makers on the science of Toxicology, SOT has developed a procedure for writing Issue Statements. This procedure takes precedent over the drafting of Position Statements because SOT represents many diverse audiences and our mission to external audiences is to present a balanced view of the science and ensure that all policy decisions on grounded on scientific information.

Briefings & Testimony

Toxicologist and scientists provide an important role in the implementation of science in regulatory and public policy decision-making. Learn more about SOT’s activities on Capitol Hill.

What Toxicologists Say

Several of SOT’s past presidents talked recently about toxicology and their experiences as members of SOT.
View what these toxicologists had to say.

Toxicology Topics

The following series of articles are written by toxicologists who are members of the Society of Toxicology but do not necessarily represent the views of the Society. SOT has made every effort to provide the public with balanced, informational pieces to share our expert knowledge more broadly.

Women’s Health: Toxicology and Safety of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Can All Those Chemicals Be Causing My Asthma?

Ovarian Toxicity: Current Concepts in Toxicology, Pathology, and Mechanisms

Alternative Toxicity Test Methods: Reducing, Refining, and Replacing Animal Use for Safety Testing

Breast Cancer As a Multifactorial Disease: Interaction of Genetics, Life Stage, and the Environment

Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health

Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling

Scientific, Regulatory, and Public Perspectives on the Credibility and Use of Alternative Toxicological Test Methods in a Legislative Framework


View the list of topics.


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