The International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX) has had a long history of collaboration with its member societies. The Japanese Society of Toxicology (JSOT) has played a prominent role in Asia, promoting cooperation and progress in toxicology among its members in AsiaTox. A new Executive Committee for IUTOX was elected for 2010-2013, and one of its major goals is to enhance the formation of new toxicology societies in developing countries around the world. We believe that JSOT and AsiaTox can be important partners with IUTOX in that initiative. IUTOX believes that the recognition of toxicologists (with minimal requirements) through a Global Directory in cooperation with its member societies can foster the identity and development of the discipline of toxicology on a world-wide basis.
After establishing a Global Directory of toxicologists, IUTOX plans to work with its member societies to promote the harmonization of standards for senior toxicologists of the existing certifying bodies—DJST, ERT, DABT, and ATS.
These endeavors will require the cooperation, patience, and hard work of all involved to secure the greater professional recognition of toxicologists on a world-wide basis.
IUTOX will continue to support International Congresses, such as CTDC’s and ICT’s, to facilitate the exchange of scientific information among its member toxicologists and will continue to expand its support of activities and workshops in developing countries to provide opportunities for scientists to learn more about risk assessment and other topics in toxicology.