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In the Spotlight

Forensic Science Reform Bill Introduced in Senate—Last month, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., pictured) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act (S. 2177). If enacted as currently written, the legislation would “establish an Office of Forensic Science and a Forensic Science Board, to strengthen and promote confidence in the criminal justice system by ensuring scientific validity, reliability, and accuracy in forensic testing, and for other purposes.” (4/14/14)

Manufacturers Call for Consistency in TSCA Application—As reported by Bloomberg BNA, “Chemical manufacturers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to apply Toxic Substances Control Act policies consistently to both biobased and petroleum-based chemical mixtures as it finalizes a proposed rule that would restrict uses of six chemicals designed for renewable fuels.” (4/7/14)

More Research Needed Into Testing Engineered Nanomaterials—A report from an expert meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that more studies are needed to examine how well in vitro tests transfer from “traditional chemicals” to engineered nanomaterials. (3/18/14)

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)




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.

Inhaled Particles: From the Nose to the Brain?

Developing Safe Products Using Nanotechnology

Phthalate Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity: Implications for Cumulative Risk Assessment

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

Alternative Approaches to the Safety Assessment of Natural Ingredients and Extracts in Cosmetics

Dietary Supplement Adulteration and Impact on Human Health

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

Global Health and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste Recycling

View the list of topics.

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