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Toxicol Lett. 2016 Sep 30;259:151-155. doi: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2016.06.014. Epub 2016 Jun 22.

The European Registered Toxicologist (ERT): Current status and prospects for advancement.

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1
Chair, EUROTOX Education Sub-committee, Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Electronic address: martin.wilks@unibas.ch.
2
Chair, EUROTOX Registration Sub-Committee, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Division of Toxicology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
3
Unit Chemical Safety and Cancer Prevention, Institute of Cancer Research, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
4
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK.
5
UNISAFE, Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences (DiSFeB), University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
6
Independent Toxicology Professional, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Department of Toxicology "Akademik Danilo Soldatovic", Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
8
Environmental Health Department, National Institute of Health, Porto, Portugal.
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Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
10
Department of Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
11
Centre for Arctic Health & Molecular Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
12
Guerbet, Roissy CDG, France.
13
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, AGES DSR Risk Assessment, Vienna, Austria.
14
Servier Group, Suresnes, France.
15
Research Institute for Medicines, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
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Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Charité, Berlin, Germany.
17
Laboratory of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
18
Department of Pharmacology, Drug Development and Therapeutics, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.
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Department of Toxicology and Risk, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.
20
Louvain Centre for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Brussels, Belgium.
21
Bayer S.A.S., Valbonne, Sophia Antipolis, France.
22
Area of Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain.
23
Department of Toxicology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland.
24
Unité d'évaluation des substances chimiques, Agence nationale de la sécurité sanitaire, Maisons-Alfort, France.
25
Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
26
Consultant in Investigative Toxicology, Linlithgow, UK.
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EUROTOX President 2014-2016, Toxicology & Forensic Sciences Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece.

Abstract

Following its inception in 1994, the certification of European Registered Toxicologists (ERT) by EUROTOX has been recognized as ensuring professional competence as well as scientific integrity and credibility. Criteria and procedures for registration are contained in the ERT "Guidelines for Registration 2012". The register of ERT currently has over 1900 members. In order to continue the harmonisation of requirements and processes between national registering bodies as a prerequisite for official recognition of the ERT title as a standard, and to take account of recent developments in toxicology, an update of the ERT Guidelines has been prepared in a series of workshops by the EUROTOX subcommittees for education and registration, in consultation with representatives of national toxicology societies and registers. The update includes details of topics and learning outcomes for theoretical training, and how these can be assessed. The importance of continuing professional development as the cornerstone of re-registration is emphasised. To help with the process of harmonisation, it is necessary to collate and share best practices of registration conditions and procedures across Europe. Importantly, this information can also be used to audit compliance with the EUROTOX standards. As recognition of professionals in toxicology, including specialist qualifications, is becoming more important than ever, we believe that this can best be achieved based on the steps for harmonisation outlined here together with the proposed new Guidelines.

KEYWORDS:

ERT; EUROTOX; European Registered Toxicologist

PMID:
27343956
DOI:
10.1016/j.toxlet.2016.06.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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