Federation of European Toxicologists & European Societies of Toxicology   Aristidis M TSATSAKIS M . Sc .  chem. , Ph . D ....
 
Why is Toxicology an essential part of a safe society? <ul><li>Toxicology is based on traditional sciences dealing with po...
<ul><li>Toxicology lacks structure: There is no toxicological society in over 100 countries  </li></ul><ul><li>(Ali Karaka...
Can EUROTOX help you? ERT <ul><li>how EUROTOX might help </li></ul><ul><li>EUROTOX has a major priority, to offer educatio...
What is ERT?  European Registered Toxicologist <ul><li>Toxicologists are self-regulated at present, on a voluntary basis (...
Who needs Toxicological Expertise? Public and Government <ul><li>Legislators: need to locate and access experts </li></ul>...
Why register? Purpose of ERT <ul><li>EUROTOX has brought about   </li></ul><ul><li>the harmonisation of educational differ...
Who is EUROTOX? <ul><li>EUROTOX is the Federation of European Toxicologists & European Societies of Toxicology Federation ...
 
History European Society of Toxicology   EST Federation of European Societies of Toxicology   FEST Society of individual  ...
Organization <ul><ul><li>Executive Committees (10 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sub committees  </li></ul></ul><ul><...
EUROTOX Today <ul><ul><li>30 Member Societies which account for more than 7000 members across Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Member Societies  AUSTRIA DENMARK HUNGARY MACEDONIA SLOVENIA BELGIUM ESTONIA IRELAND POLAND SPANISH UK FINLAND ITALY PORTU...
Our Mission <ul><li>Advance human, environmental and animal health by being the leading voice of toxicology in Europe thro...
Annual Congress <ul><li>Every year, EUROTOX holds  </li></ul><ul><li>an annual scientific congress  </li></ul><ul><li>wher...
Annual Congress <ul><li>PAST </li></ul><ul><li>2000 UK (London) </li></ul><ul><li>2001 Turkey (Istanbul) </li></ul><ul><li...
Awards: Merit <ul><li>Recognizes a distinguished career in European toxicology. </li></ul><ul><li>PAST WINNERS </li></ul><...
Awards: Young Scientists <ul><li>Encourage young toxicologists in key areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drug-oriented toxicolog...
Awards:  Honorary Members <ul><li>Recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished service in the pursuit of EUROTOX...
Awards: Bo Holmstedt Memorial Fund (BHMF) <ul><li>Supports scientific and educational activities in toxicology in European...
Education: Basic and Advanced  Toxicology Course <ul><li>Financing of courses in collaboration with Member Societies to pr...
Education: CEC Past Topics  <ul><li>Principles on physiologically based Pharmaco/Toxico-kinetics and Dynamics </li></ul><u...
Education: Risk Assessment  <ul><li>On going work with DG SANCO to establish guidelines for a EU Risk Assessor program bas...
Corporate Program <ul><li>New category of membership open to academic and corporate non-academic bodies supporting the goa...
Communication <ul><li>Newly redesigned website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.eurotox.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establised Sec...
European Register of Toxicologists (ERT) <ul><li>Established in 1994 by merging three founding registries </li></ul><ul><l...
ERT Movement <ul><li>On-going process to align national registries and reviewing panels to identify requirements and chara...
Registration by Country AUSTRIA 17 IRELAND 10 SWISS 145 NETHERLANDS 274 ITALY 35 TURKEY 10 FINLAND 43 NORWAY 62 UK 281 FRA...
Registries based on the  EUROTOX Model <ul><li>There are 13 national registries within Europe, working to a single standar...
ERT Requirements <ul><li>Basic Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specialization </li></ul><ul><ul...
EUROTOX Model - criteria for ERT - published www.eurotox.com <ul><li>Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliat...
<ul><li>Promote harmonisation standards by reviewing the required educational background, training and experience of typic...
ERT: European  Registered Toxicologist <ul><li>The 13 existing national registries in Europe are constituted in a consiste...
ERT: European  Registered Toxicologist <ul><li>ERT is open to qualified toxicologists throughout the world </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>There are no differences in the </li></ul><ul><li>standards of knowledge, experience and risk assessment capabilit...
The National Registers of Europe Review Process <ul><li>There are no important differences in the process of reviewing tox...
Using the ERT Templates  for Self-Evaluation  <ul><li>The ERT templates offer a self-evaluation tool for individuals seeki...
<ul><li>Hypothetical profiles found at various phases of training and experience (from entry level to well established car...
ERT Template Summary Template Current Position Degree Exp Yrs # pubs Eligible for CRISTINA Student MS BS 3-4 3-5 National ...
Cristina: illustration of the first ERT Template <ul><li>age 28-30 years old </li></ul><ul><li>qualification Master of Sci...
“ Completing the studies and starting a career in toxicology” This is the first  step to become  an ERT! CRISTINA Degree a...
Jan: illustration of the second ERT Template <ul><li>Field worker - researcher  </li></ul><ul><li>MS, PhD-level </li></ul>...
“ Grounding as a self-sustaining toxicologist” You are ready  to be an ERT! JAN Degree You are in a biomedical or environm...
Hilary: illustration of the third ERT Template <ul><li>Teacher / advisor / government </li></ul><ul><li>PhD level with 10 ...
“ Self-sustaining toxicologist ready for international recognition” You should  be an ERT! HILARY Degree You have a PhD or...
Theophrastus: illustration of the third ERT Template <ul><li>Risk Assessor  </li></ul><ul><li>PhD, ≥20 years experience </...
“ Governing opinion and  resources in the field of toxicology” Why aren’t you  an ERT! THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS Degree You ...
Meaning and expectation of ERT <ul><li>Possession of ERT is indicative of a certain (high) calibre of scientist </li></ul>...
ERT: The present status <ul><li>The ERTs are available to act as Authorised Signatories, when required by legislation </li...
ERT: The immediate priorities <ul><li>Industrial development  has resulted in an increased release of chemicals and other ...
ERT: how to get on the list www.eurotox.com <ul><li>Join an approved National Register </li></ul><ul><li>National Register...
ERT: what you need to get on the list  <ul><li>A detailed and well-structured CV is the basis of registration and re-regis...
ERT: to stay on the list – you need continuing professional development <ul><li>CPD - continuing professional development ...
ERT: to stay on the list – you must be working in toxicology <ul><li>Re-registration is required at least every five years...
ERT: not getting on the list due to poor advice or poor preparation <ul><li>Failure to get ERT for such reasons implies po...
ERT: not getting on the list need for a mentor <ul><li>First choose the National Register you intend to apply to </li></ul...
ERT: not getting on the list inadequate practical skills <ul><li>This can easily occur. For example, if your job does not ...
ERT: not getting on the list due to not spending enough time working in toxicology <ul><li>This also happens in a job that...
ERT: not getting on the list because the application is incomplete, with insufficient detail <ul><li>This very frequently ...
ERT: not getting on the list not fully supported by sponsors <ul><li>This very frequently occurs. It is always the respons...
ERT: not staying on the list ERT listing is allowed to lapse <ul><li>This can happen for many reasons;  </li></ul><ul><li>...
ERT: Re-registration refused, CPD record inadequate <ul><li>Every effort is made to allow scientists to stay registered – ...
ERT: going to appeal adequacy of the knowledge base <ul><li>Sometimes when applications are received from little known are...
ERT: going to appeal  adequacy of quantity or quality of output <ul><li>Authorship of peer-reviewed publications is an ind...
 
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Aristidis M TSATSAKIS<br /> M.Sc. chem., Ph.D. chem. , D.Sc. biol, E.R.T. toxicol<br />Member EUROTOX Executive Committee <br />Chair Communication Subcommittee<br />Director of the Department of Forensic Sciences & of Toxicology<br />Medical School, University of CRETE, HERAKLION <br />President Hellenic Society of Toxicology

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  1. 1. Federation of European Toxicologists & European Societies of Toxicology Aristidis M TSATSAKIS M . Sc . chem. , Ph . D . chem. , D . Sc . biol, E . R . T . toxicol Member EUROTOX Executive Committee Chair Communication Subcommittee Director of the Department of Forensic Sciences & of Toxicology Medical School, University of CRETE, HERAKLION President Hellenic Society of Toxicology
  2. 3. Why is Toxicology an essential part of a safe society? <ul><li>Toxicology is based on traditional sciences dealing with poisons, food and water safety, natural remedies </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacology and Pathology are its inseparable partners </li></ul><ul><li>Modern Toxicology is an extensive and intensive discipline: it is objective rather than subjective </li></ul><ul><li>Technology based: Bioanalysis is a key facet </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Toxicology lacks structure: There is no toxicological society in over 100 countries </li></ul><ul><li>(Ali Karakaya Past President IUTOX, April 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Why does a toxicologist need a toxicology society? Answer: </li></ul><ul><li> -Education - Continuing Education - Problem Sharing – Influence - </li></ul>International Societies IUTOX EUROTOX ASIATOX SoT ASTS Is International support enough or should it be Regional?
  4. 5. Can EUROTOX help you? ERT <ul><li>how EUROTOX might help </li></ul><ul><li>EUROTOX has a major priority, to offer education to toxicologists in Europe. Although distance learning may enable this to be extended in other continents </li></ul><ul><li>EUROTOX offers to recognise scientists who are contributing to human, animal and environmental safety, by awarding ERT </li></ul>
  5. 6. What is ERT? European Registered Toxicologist <ul><li>Toxicologists are self-regulated at present, on a voluntary basis (since 1993) </li></ul><ul><li>This brings us into line with other professionals … physicians, pharmacists, engineers ………… </li></ul><ul><li>Although there is no legal necessity for registration at present, 1358 Individuals are listed and acknowledged by EUROTOX, as of August 2009 </li></ul>
  6. 7. Who needs Toxicological Expertise? Public and Government <ul><li>Legislators: need to locate and access experts </li></ul><ul><li>must define toxicology in a regional context </li></ul><ul><li>must identify roles and profiles of scientists whether working in the field or teaching </li></ul><ul><li>must define the knowledge base, the ongoing development and experience of individuals </li></ul><ul><li>ERT confirms the ongoing professional status and credibility of individual scientists </li></ul><ul><li>ERT is acknowledged across Europe and since 2000, due to the initiative of IUTOX, across the World </li></ul>
  7. 8. Why register? Purpose of ERT <ul><li>EUROTOX has brought about </li></ul><ul><li>the harmonisation of educational differences </li></ul><ul><li>sharing of practical experiences </li></ul><ul><li>common visions of roles of diverse scientists in Europe, since 1994 ( www.eurotox.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>We believe that Harmonisation on a regional basis, across national boundaries and different languages, is an indispensable step towards the global recognition of Registered Toxicologists </li></ul>
  8. 9. Who is EUROTOX? <ul><li>EUROTOX is the Federation of European Toxicologists & European Societies of Toxicology Federation </li></ul><ul><li>Created in 1989 as a recognition of the need for a single, coherent voice to represent toxicology in Europe. </li></ul>
  9. 11. History European Society of Toxicology EST Federation of European Societies of Toxicology FEST Society of individual members Federation of national societies +
  10. 12. Organization <ul><ul><li>Executive Committees (10 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sub committees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scientific Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Registration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speciality Sections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Immunotoxicology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Risk Assessment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Molecular Toxicology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carcinogenesis </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 13. EUROTOX Today <ul><ul><li>30 Member Societies which account for more than 7000 members across Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 200 Individual Members from around the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delegates meet once a year during the Business Council held at the annual EUROTOX congress </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. Member Societies AUSTRIA DENMARK HUNGARY MACEDONIA SLOVENIA BELGIUM ESTONIA IRELAND POLAND SPANISH UK FINLAND ITALY PORTUGAL SWEDEN BULGARY FRANCE LATVIA ROMANIA CH CROATIA GERMANY NORWAY RUSSIA TURKEY CZECH REP GREECE NL SLOVAKIA UKRAINE
  13. 15. Our Mission <ul><li>Advance human, environmental and animal health by being the leading voice of toxicology in Europe through: </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Congress & Awards: forum to disseminate and recognize scientific innovation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>European Register of Toxicologists (ERT) to promote toxicology standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education: basic and advanced courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Program: stronger liason with industry and scientific partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better communication with members and scientific partners </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Annual Congress <ul><li>Every year, EUROTOX holds </li></ul><ul><li>an annual scientific congress </li></ul><ul><li>where toxicologists with different experiences </li></ul><ul><li>in academic, regulatory and industry gather in a single location </li></ul><ul><li>to obtain the most recent key findings and innovative ideas. </li></ul>
  15. 17. Annual Congress <ul><li>PAST </li></ul><ul><li>2000 UK (London) </li></ul><ul><li>2001 Turkey (Istanbul) </li></ul><ul><li>2002 Hungary (Budapest) </li></ul><ul><li>2003 Italy (Florence) </li></ul><ul><li>2004* Finland (Tampere) </li></ul><ul><li>2005 Poland (Krakow) </li></ul><ul><li>2006* Dubrovnik (Croatia) </li></ul><ul><li>2007 NL Amsterdam </li></ul><ul><li>* combined congress with IUTOX </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE </li></ul><ul><li>2008 Greece (Rhodes) </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Germany (Dresden) </li></ul><ul><li>2010* Spain (Barcelona) </li></ul><ul><li>2011 France (Paris) </li></ul><ul><li>2012 Sweden (Stockholm) </li></ul><ul><li>2013 Switzerland </li></ul>
  16. 18. Awards: Merit <ul><li>Recognizes a distinguished career in European toxicology. </li></ul><ul><li>PAST WINNERS </li></ul><ul><li>2009 - Alan Boobis (UK) </li></ul><ul><li>2008 - Vito Foa (Italy) </li></ul><ul><li>2007 - Robert Kroes (Netherlands) </li></ul><ul><li>2006 - Jouko Tuomisto (Finland) </li></ul><ul><li>2005 - Erik Dybing (Norway) </li></ul><ul><li>2004 - Helena Rasková (Czech Rep) </li></ul>
  17. 19. Awards: Young Scientists <ul><li>Encourage young toxicologists in key areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drug-oriented toxicological research (supported by EUROTOX in memory of Gerhard-Zbinden). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxicological research into mechanisms and risk assessment (supported by ECETOC). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-national collaborative research, results of a collaboration of a minimum of four researchers from different European countries (supported by SITOX). </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. Awards: Honorary Members <ul><li>Recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished service in the pursuit of EUROTOX’s objectives and activities fostering toxicology, both scientifically and educationally, across Europe. </li></ul>
  19. 21. Awards: Bo Holmstedt Memorial Fund (BHMF) <ul><li>Supports scientific and educational activities in toxicology in European countries by financing or co financing research projects, guest lectures or student eduational activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travelling Lectureship: support toxicologists in developing countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorial Lecture: recognizes outstanding European toxicologists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paracelsus Research Seminar: supports CEC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster Award: Alternative Methods research </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Education: Basic and Advanced Toxicology Course <ul><li>Financing of courses in collaboration with Member Societies to promote basic training in toxicology and educational resources available to countries of Central and Eastern Europe at minimal cost. </li></ul><ul><li>PAST COURSES HELD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2007: Slovakia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006: Bulgaria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2004: Plitvice Lakes (Croatia) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2004: Ljubljana (Slovania) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 23. Education: CEC Past Topics <ul><li>Principles on physiologically based Pharmaco/Toxico-kinetics and Dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Nanotoxicology – An emerging field </li></ul><ul><li>More effective Risk Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Methods of Toxicological Risk Assessment in Food Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of immunological health in occupational exposed workers </li></ul><ul><li>Types of Biomarkers and challenges for new Biomarkers </li></ul><ul><li>Genotoxicity and Cell Cycle Control </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Toxicology on its way to evidence based medicine </li></ul>
  22. 24. Education: Risk Assessment <ul><li>On going work with DG SANCO to establish guidelines for a EU Risk Assessor program based on common criteria and leading to an advanced accreditation in risk assessment. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In collaboration with institutions in UK, Germany, NL, Italy and Sweden. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timing: Spring 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  23. 25. Corporate Program <ul><li>New category of membership open to academic and corporate non-academic bodies supporting the goals and mission of EUROTOX  and active in toxicology. </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses the requirements of more advanced training and information to staff and professionals. </li></ul>
  24. 26. Communication <ul><li>Newly redesigned website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.eurotox.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establised Secretariat office to handle internal and external communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Official Journal: Elsevier Toxicology Letters Special Issues on specific topics of interest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Risk Assessment (Fall 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical Toxicology (Spring 2009) </li></ul></ul>
  25. 27. European Register of Toxicologists (ERT) <ul><li>Established in 1994 by merging three founding registries </li></ul><ul><li>List of individuals accepted by each National Registry in compliant with the EUROTOX model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently the number of affiliated societies with a national register is 13. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today more than1200 toxicologists are recognised as EUROTOX European Registered Toxicologist (ERT). </li></ul>
  26. 28. ERT Movement <ul><li>On-going process to align national registries and reviewing panels to identify requirements and characteristics for the accreditation of toxicologists in the European context </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mutual recognition of registered toxicologists at a global level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote the development of shared educational and training programmes on a regional basis </li></ul></ul>
  27. 29. Registration by Country AUSTRIA 17 IRELAND 10 SWISS 145 NETHERLANDS 274 ITALY 35 TURKEY 10 FINLAND 43 NORWAY 62 UK 281 FRANCE 131 POLAND 10 GREECE 1 GERMANY 152 SPAIN 36
  28. 30. Registries based on the EUROTOX Model <ul><li>There are 13 national registries within Europe, working to a single standard </li></ul><ul><li>It is possible to apply for registration in </li></ul><ul><li>Dutch English Finnish French German Italian Norwegian Polish Spanish Turkish </li></ul><ul><li>Templates corresponding to the various careers in toxicology have been published (Fowler / Galli) </li></ul>
  29. 31. ERT Requirements <ul><li>Basic Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specialization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxicology related </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theoratical & Practical Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>min. 5 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuing Education </li></ul>
  30. 32. EUROTOX Model - criteria for ERT - published www.eurotox.com <ul><li>Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s) </li></ul><ul><li>FOWLER   John (1) GALLI   Corrado L. (2) </li></ul><ul><li>(1) Consultant Veterinary Pathologist, Loughton, Essex, ROYAUME-UNI (EUROTOX Registration Liaison) </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Director, Professor, Department of Pharmacological Sciences, University of Milan, Via Balzaretti 9, 20133 Milan, ITALIE (Past President: EUROTOX) </li></ul>
  31. 33. <ul><li>Promote harmonisation standards by reviewing the required educational background, training and experience of typical toxicologists professional roles </li></ul>ERT Paper
  32. 34. ERT: European Registered Toxicologist <ul><li>The 13 existing national registries in Europe are constituted in a consistent and similar fashion. Each offers three facets </li></ul><ul><li>advice on how to apply </li></ul><ul><li>a registration panel that reviews applications </li></ul><ul><li>a process for appeal </li></ul>
  33. 35. ERT: European Registered Toxicologist <ul><li>ERT is open to qualified toxicologists throughout the world </li></ul><ul><li>More than 150 ERT are already located outside Europe and new enquiries are received daily </li></ul><ul><li>Several ERTs are from N America, Asia; and recently, Africa </li></ul>
  34. 36. <ul><li>There are no differences in the </li></ul><ul><li>standards of knowledge, experience and risk assessment capability expected </li></ul><ul><li>The standards are high but you don ’ t have to be Einstein to be ERT </li></ul>The National Registers of Europe Expectations
  35. 37. The National Registers of Europe Review Process <ul><li>There are no important differences in the process of reviewing toxicologists. </li></ul><ul><li>Panel members are experienced toxicologists. </li></ul><ul><li>They also review applications in the context of their regional need. </li></ul><ul><li>In the EUROTOX area, the challenges are varied, from Artic to North Africa, industrialised, rural and marine. </li></ul>
  36. 38. Using the ERT Templates for Self-Evaluation <ul><li>The ERT templates offer a self-evaluation tool for individuals seeking ERT recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>To become ERT requires: </li></ul><ul><li>a reasonably high (i.e., not impossibly high) level of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>technical expertise and </li></ul><ul><li>proven decision taking (risk assessment) ability </li></ul>
  37. 39. <ul><li>Hypothetical profiles found at various phases of training and experience (from entry level to well established career) </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a tool for self-evaluation of professionals seeking ERT certification </li></ul>ERT Templates Templates Professional Level CRISTINA A student targeting a career in toxicology JAN Presently active in an early career HILARY In her mid career and in good standing THEOPHRASTUS Established in a high ranking career
  38. 40. ERT Template Summary Template Current Position Degree Exp Yrs # pubs Eligible for CRISTINA Student MS BS 3-4 3-5 National Register JAN Researcher PhD 5-10 10-20 ERT HILARY Expert Teacher Advisor PhD 10-20 40-50 ERT THEO Risk Assessor PhD =>20 =>100 ERT
  39. 41. Cristina: illustration of the first ERT Template <ul><li>age 28-30 years old </li></ul><ul><li>qualification Master of Science / BS </li></ul><ul><li>3-4 years experience in relevant work </li></ul><ul><li>3 – 5 publications or significant reports </li></ul><ul><li>Not ERT eligible: seeks national register </li></ul><ul><li>Advised to gain further experience and apply for ERT in 1-2 years time </li></ul>
  40. 42. “ Completing the studies and starting a career in toxicology” This is the first step to become an ERT! CRISTINA Degree and Career yrs MSc in a relevant discipline; currently doing lab experiments for a thesis in a toxicology-related project leading to a PhD Avg. # pubs or study reports You have successfully defended your PhD Thesis, concluded your research project and written 3-5 publications in peer reviewed journals More.... You have determined your programme of courses in consultation with your PhD supervisor and with the Registration Authority of your National Society of Toxicology to receive the title of National Registered Toxicologist at a local level.
  41. 43. Jan: illustration of the second ERT Template <ul><li>Field worker - researcher </li></ul><ul><li>MS, PhD-level </li></ul><ul><li>5 – 10 years experience </li></ul><ul><li>10 – 20 publications / reports </li></ul><ul><li>ERT eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Apply now! </li></ul>
  42. 44. “ Grounding as a self-sustaining toxicologist” You are ready to be an ERT! JAN Degree You are in a biomedical or environmental science and you have an interest in human health and welfare or in environmental integrity. You may have obtained a PhD in your chosen field Years in Career For the last 5-10 years you have been involved in practical studies working on aspects of chemical interactions with biological systems, either in Academia, Governmental or private institutions (for instance performing toxicological studies in the pharmaceutical industry, or working in information technology, in a hospital or in other analytically-based laboratories) Avg. # pubs or study reports You have contributed to several ( at least 10-20, depending on the complexity) publications or confidential (proprietary) technical reports, suitable for submission to regulatory agencies. You may have publications (ideally 5 or more) in refereed scientific journals More.... You are continuing your education by attending National or International meetings, symposia or training courses whenever possible
  43. 45. Hilary: illustration of the third ERT Template <ul><li>Teacher / advisor / government </li></ul><ul><li>PhD level with 10 – 20 years experience </li></ul><ul><li>40 – 50 publications / reports </li></ul><ul><li>ERT eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Apply now! </li></ul>
  44. 46. “ Self-sustaining toxicologist ready for international recognition” You should be an ERT! HILARY Degree You have a PhD or equivalent experience. You may have completed a Post-Doctoral training at a major University department, governmental or private laboratory associated with your original or related degree. You regularly partake of opportunuties for Continuing Professional Development Years in Career During the last 10-15 years and you have been working as an experimental toxicologist in aspects related to human health and welfare or for environmental integrity. Avg. # pubs or study reports You have several publications (e.g. over 50), perhaps 10-20 in refereed Journals and/or you have a substantial number of confidential study reports (50 or more, on varied topics) for which you were the main author. More.... You apply for and receive substantial grants for research, or are responsible for significant resources and are involved in making decisions about research projects for your employer; You have specific fields of interest pertaining to toxicology in which you undertake basic and/or applied research; you may regularly or spordically teach in the field of toxicology
  45. 47. Theophrastus: illustration of the third ERT Template <ul><li>Risk Assessor </li></ul><ul><li>PhD, ≥20 years experience </li></ul><ul><li>≥ 100 publications / reports </li></ul><ul><li>ERT - eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Apply now! </li></ul>
  46. 48. “ Governing opinion and resources in the field of toxicology” Why aren’t you an ERT! THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS Degree You may have completed your PhD in addition to your degree Years in Career You are a senior person, spending significant time in aspects of Risk Assessment, and perhaps in regulatory advisory roles within your organisation/country/abroad. You started out 20-25 years ago. Avg. # pubs or study reports In Academia or Government, typically you may have 125 papers in refereed Journals, 2 or more textbooks; also perhaps you are in an editorial role; you have written or signed off many (at least 100) multidisciplinary study reports in the industry More.... You serve on national or international governmental advisory boards for agencies regulating toxic substances, and food safety issues
  47. 49. Meaning and expectation of ERT <ul><li>Possession of ERT is indicative of a certain (high) calibre of scientist </li></ul><ul><li>ERT does not describe the precise aptitude and experience of the individual </li></ul><ul><li>Only the curriculum vitae can fully describe the precise aptitude and experience of the individual </li></ul>
  48. 50. ERT: The present status <ul><li>The ERTs are available to act as Authorised Signatories, when required by legislation </li></ul><ul><li>ERTs are available if trade barriers are imposed, for example, requiring a Registered Toxicologist as signatory </li></ul><ul><li>ERTs are available to fulfil the role of &quot;Board Certified“ expert, helping government </li></ul>FOR MORE INFO... go to… www.registered toxicologist.com
  49. 51. ERT: The immediate priorities <ul><li>Industrial development has resulted in an increased release of chemicals and other agents as contaminants into the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation and practical expertise is required to limit damage to the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Remediation is already required in many areas, to reduce the risk of adverse effects on human health </li></ul>
  50. 52. ERT: how to get on the list www.eurotox.com <ul><li>Join an approved National Register </li></ul><ul><li>National Register advises EUROTOX </li></ul><ul><li>Listing is maintained by EUROTOX; the name of the scientist, national register and date of registration are recorded </li></ul><ul><li>Need for re-registration is advised </li></ul><ul><li>Registration is valid for 5 years only </li></ul>
  51. 53. ERT: what you need to get on the list <ul><li>A detailed and well-structured CV is the basis of registration and re-registration </li></ul><ul><li>ERT review is based on a very extensive CV, with supporting evidence, </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrating that the ERT candidate has the required knowledge base, is mainly working in toxicology and undertaking risk assessment </li></ul><ul><li>References are needed to provide evidence of the above and of ongoing professional development </li></ul>
  52. 54. ERT: to stay on the list – you need continuing professional development <ul><li>CPD - continuing professional development –implies </li></ul><ul><li>an increasing knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>regular exposure to real toxicological problems </li></ul><ul><li>risk assessment opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>CPD is expected to continue throughout the career of all professionals and is an important part of ERT </li></ul>
  53. 55. ERT: to stay on the list – you must be working in toxicology <ul><li>Re-registration is required at least every five years </li></ul><ul><li>Registered person must remain ‘in good standing’ with the National Register </li></ul><ul><li>ERT is essentially a practical recognition so ERT listing will lapse on retirement </li></ul>
  54. 56. ERT: not getting on the list due to poor advice or poor preparation <ul><li>Failure to get ERT for such reasons implies poor preparation and advice at the preliminary application stage </li></ul><ul><li>Provided the published criteria are met, this should never occur </li></ul><ul><li>An ERT candidate should seek advice and / or mentorship at an early stage </li></ul>
  55. 57. ERT: not getting on the list need for a mentor <ul><li>First choose the National Register you intend to apply to </li></ul><ul><li>Panel members are often willing to advise, </li></ul><ul><li>and the national register link person (listed on www.eurotox.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>should be approached in the first place </li></ul>
  56. 58. ERT: not getting on the list inadequate practical skills <ul><li>This can easily occur. For example, if your job does not have the necessary scope or offer enough opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>This can happen when the job is restricted to a single discipline/ or type of work </li></ul>
  57. 59. ERT: not getting on the list due to not spending enough time working in toxicology <ul><li>This also happens in a job that is part time or where enough challenging work does not exist. </li></ul><ul><li>This can happen to a consultant/ advisor/ manager, </li></ul><ul><li>if little work is available, </li></ul><ul><li>if the work is unduly repetitive </li></ul><ul><li>and mundane or if managerial responsibilities take up too much time. </li></ul>
  58. 60. ERT: not getting on the list because the application is incomplete, with insufficient detail <ul><li>This very frequently occurs. It is important to follow the guidance given by the register. </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of time has been spent designing the application forms. </li></ul><ul><li>The information in the application is the only information available to the reviewing panel. </li></ul><ul><li>If the application is successful, this is what will be archived. </li></ul>
  59. 61. ERT: not getting on the list not fully supported by sponsors <ul><li>This very frequently occurs. It is always the responsibility of the applicant to choose appropriate sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>The sponsor(s) must be chosen to address both the productivity and quality of the work of the applicant </li></ul><ul><li>Once again remember, this is the only information available to the reviewing panel, and will be archived </li></ul>
  60. 62. ERT: not staying on the list ERT listing is allowed to lapse <ul><li>This can happen for many reasons; </li></ul><ul><li>including </li></ul><ul><li>annual fees to the National Register unpaid </li></ul><ul><li>there has been a change of work pattern, perhaps due to retirement or resignation </li></ul><ul><li>failure to re-register every 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>EUROTOX will remove the name from </li></ul><ul><li>the ERT listing in such cases </li></ul>
  61. 63. ERT: Re-registration refused, CPD record inadequate <ul><li>Every effort is made to allow scientists to stay registered – reminders are issued and days of grace are allowed. </li></ul><ul><li>In the event that reapplication is not made or CPD evidence is deemed inadequate, ERT listing will be withdrawn. </li></ul>
  62. 64. ERT: going to appeal adequacy of the knowledge base <ul><li>Sometimes when applications are received from little known areas, </li></ul><ul><li>where university standards are not well documented and mentors are scarce, </li></ul><ul><li>a candidate may be invited to take a formal examination of knowledge (such as DABT) and resubmit their application. </li></ul>
  63. 65. ERT: going to appeal adequacy of quantity or quality of output <ul><li>Authorship of peer-reviewed publications is an index of productivity and quality. </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants in commerce and regulatory roles may submit reviews and reports. </li></ul><ul><li>Confidentiality is not an issue: reports can be referred to by title and quality can be established by reference to third parties (manager re: productivity, or ‘customer’ re: quality) </li></ul>
  64. 67. Thank You

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