In the Spotlight
Toxicologists Engage With Lawmakers on TSCA Reform Bill—
With renewed focus from Congress on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act, scientists from the Society of Toxicology are meeting and working with Members of Congress and their staffs to ensure sound scientific portions of any resulting bill. (3/10/14)
US and EMA Join Forces for Medicine Safety—The US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have set-up a new cluster—regular collaborative meetings—on pharmacovigilance topics. Focusing on medicine safety, the cluster will hold monthly teleconferences to ensure that regulators and communicators in the US and Europe are on the same page. (2/27/14)
EU Explores Nanotechnology—The European Union is supporting a 30-month, cooperative project dedicated to improving nanotechnology knowledge and safety.
As part of the initiative, known as NANOFORCE, the EU aims to better integrate science, industry, finance, management, and regulation to explore how nanotechnology can help or hurt human health. (2/20/14)
Examining Chemical Regulations Post-WV Spill—In the wake of the chemical spill in West Virginia, there are numerous investigations underway, including close scrutiny of chemical laws. A USA Today story looks at the Toxic Substances Control Act, Environmental Protection Agency, and Chemical Safety Board, offering perspective on where they are going right and where they are going wrong. (2/6/14)
University Aims to Protect Faculty Research and Collaboration—UCLA has developed a statement designed to protect its faculty’s research records from some open records requests.
As reported by Inside Higher Ed, “the UCLA statement is meant to proactively address what’s public and private information, in the interest of preserving academic freedom.” The new statement deems that not all faculty email and other communications is public, as some of it relates to the collaborative research process. (1/29/14)
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.
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.
Research Advances and Enduring Needs in Children’s Environmental Health Protection
Developing Safe Products Using Nanotechnology
Melamine Contamination of Infant Formulas: Lessons Learned
Airway Epithelial Toxicity of the Flavoring Agent 2,3 Pentanedione
Breast Cancer As a Multifactorial Disease: Interaction of Genetics, Life Stage, and the Environment
21st Century Validation Strategies—One Size No Longer Fits All
Scientific, Regulatory, and Public Perspectives on the Credibility and Use of Alternative Toxicological Test Methods in a Legislative Framework
Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health
View the list of topics.