Prof. Mumtaz Iscan, PhD, ERT

EUROTOX President

I had not realise how my last two years as vice-president flew by; seems like a blink of an eye, I would say. Now, as I have stepped into my new role as President of EUROTOX, I must share my feelings with you and put into words that I am very grateful and honoured to receive the opportunity to serve EUROTOX as its President for the term 2016-2018.

As I took the flag from the previous President, I know that I have a profound responsibility in leading our society forward by increasing its visibility and impact on public and environmental health in Europe and elsewhere. 



The Long-Range Research Initiative Programme (LRI) of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) is organising its 18th annual workshop on 16 and 17 November 2016 in Brussels.
Registration is now open and free!
Register here!
The event will begin on 16 November with a networking cocktail and a poster session on 2016 recently started and ongoing projects. It will be followed by a gala dinner and an award ceremony where the winner will be handed the 2016 Innovative Science Award of 100.000 Euro.
On 17 November, a plenary session will be dedicated to the impact of LRI projects on environmental methodology, nanomaterials, dust and workers exposure, dermal absorption, eye irritation, epidemiology, and epigenetics. This will be followed by a thematic panel on the main theme of the workshop: “AOPs and Genomics: how useful, how to address risk, and where next?”
The complete draft programme is available here.




The call for scientific proposals for the EUROTOX 2018 Congress that will be held in Brussels, September 2-5, 2018 is under way.
The theme for the 2018 congress is “Toxicology Out of the Box”. It reflects our willingness and enthusiasm to offer a really innovative, forward-looking and imaginative programme. Submissions in line with this theme are strongly encouraged. Make sure to follow the general guidelines below when preparing your proposal.
Please submit your scientific proposals using the official form making sure to include the organiser details, the recommended speakers, and a brief presentation for the proposal.
DEADLINE: December 9, 2016.
Send proposals to secretariat@eurotox.com

2016 Seville congress, a success despite the odds.

To all our members, scientific partners, sponsors, exhibitors, and followers...Thank you for making the 2016 Seville congress a success despite the last minute change of venue from Istanbul to Seville.

The 52nd Congress of EUROTOX, "Protecting public and environmental health by understanding and communicating toxicology”, took place in Seville-Spain on 4-7 September 2016 and was organised by the Turkish Society of Toxicology.
More than 1000 participants and 58 exhibitors attended the congress held in the Seville FIBES congress center. A total of 932 posters were displayed during the two poster sessions held Monday and Tuesday.

The opening ceremony Sunday, September 4th offered guests a typical, flamenco performance (photo) and the Gala Dinner, September 6th was held in the beautiful Monasterio Monte Carmelo. Guests enjoyed a welcome cocktail and wonderful three course meal, and danced the night away to the tunes of a live band.

Make sure the check out our website in the upcoming weeks to see the congress pictures which will be uploaded soon. We also want to thank the Spanish Society for their support in the relocation of this congress.  


EUROTOX Elects new Executive Committee members

The elections of new Executive Committee members took place during the EUROTOX 2016 Business Council meeting held September 6 during the Seville congress. Prof. Heather Wallace (UK) was elected the new President-Elect for the term 2016-2018. Prof. Hilmi Orhan (Turkey) was elected for a second term, while new members Prof. Martin Wilks (Switzerland) and Prof. Vesna Matovic (Serbia) were elected for their first, three-year term (2016-2019).

Prof. Mumtaz Iscan (Turkey) takes over as President, while Prof. Aristidis Tsatsakis (Greece) will cover the role of Past-President, as Prof. Ruth Roberts (UK) steps down.  

Meet the new Executive Committee members for the year 2016-2018.


In addition to electing new members, delegates also selected the Slovenian Society as the local organiser of the 2021 EUROTOX congress. The congress will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia tentatively September 12–15, 2021.



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

Over the last few years the EUROTOX sub-committees for registration and education have discussed with representatives of national toxicology societies and registers in a series of five workshops how to achieve further harmonisation of requirements and procedures between national registering bodies as a prerequisite for official recognition of the ERT title as a standard.


EUROTOX's view regarding the current situation of academic toxicology in Europe.

Academic Toxicology in Europe
EUROTOX is deeply concerned about the current situation in academia and how it will impact on the future of toxicology in Europe.  Departments of Toxicology in universities are shrinking or disappearing.  Toxicology as an academic discipline is essential to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment.  Strengthening toxicology in academic institutions is a basic requirement for scientific innovation and for the education and development of young scientists. 

The Executive Committee of EUROTOX would like to bring to your attention our recently published position paper highlighting the challenging issues facing academic toxicology in Europe.

For full paper see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378427416300893

EUROTOX would like to thank the journal’s publishers, ELSEVIER for providing free access to the full article for a period of one year.


Are you a rebel thinker? Do you have a good idea? Make it come alive!

EUROTOX supports the 2016 LRI Innovative Science Award

Supported by The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in conjunction with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX), the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES) and Chemical Week, the 2016 LRI Award offers € 100.000 to support promising new research in the field of novel approaches to the characterisation of molecular initiating events, or other key events, in pathways of human and environmental toxicity.

The presentation of the three finalists and the selection of the winner will take place in Brussels on 6 June 2016.




European Animal Research Association (EARA) is a not-for profit communications and advocacy organisation seeking to uphold the interests of biomedical research across Europe. The creation of EARA was prompted by the research community to better inform the European public on the continued need for, and benefit of, the humane use of animals in biomedical research.  Representing both public and private research organisations, the association facilitates collaboration between networks across the European scientific community in order to coordinate national efforts, and provide accurate and reliable information to the public and decision-makers regarding the importance of animal research.


EUROTOX Fellowship programmes: Continued over next years

ert.pngThe established fellowship programmes for the attendance of comprehensive toxicology courses (ERT courses) and for the cross-border exchange of teachers will be available in 2016 and following years.

Note New Deadlines for application:

15 August 2015 for courses between 1 September and 31 December 2015
30 November 2015 for courses between 1 January and 30 June 2016
31 May 2016 for courses between 1 July and 31 December 2016

For further details see pages Education or ERT, in case of questions contact Prof. Martin Wilks



Concerned by an escalation of misuses and misrepresentations of science in public policies and regulations, a number of scientists have signed AN APPEAL FOR THE INTEGRITY OF SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY to governments and legislators around the world, asking for the statutory positioning of the scientific method as the evidentiary guideline in the formulation of policies and regulations.


New Book: Problems of Toxicology

The Bulgarian Toxicological Society edited a book “Problems of Toxicology”. This  book includes reports which were  presented at the Fourth National Congress of Clinical Toxicology with International Participation and Annual Meeting of Bulgarian Toxicological Society, held in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 7 to 8 November, 2013.


New ERT Guidelines for Registration 2012

New: The European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) Guidelines for Registration 2012

The ERT Guidelines for Registration 2012 replace the earlier Guidelines of 2011 and the "Expectations of a European Registered Toxicologist".


The ERT System: Present Position and Objectives

During the EUROTOX 2011 Paris Congress on August 29, 2011, a Workshop on “THE EUROTOX REGISTRATION/ERT SYSTEM: PRESENT POSITION AND OBJECTIVES” was held.


EUROTOX ITCASS group on LinkedIn

ImmunoToxicology and Chemical Allergy Specialty Section on LinkedIn
Join the Group


Fellowships for Scientists in the Developing World

The International Programme for Higher Education and Research (IPHER) provides over 280 fellowships annually to scientists in developing countries such as Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Pakistan. 


Harmonisation of toxicology issues between developed and developing countries, South Africa 2009

  • Short report by John Fowler
  • Health and Environment Problems Facing Africa
    by Orish Ebere Orisakwe (ERT UK) (based in Nigeria)
  • Problems Facing Toxicologists in Europe, Asia and Pacific Rim
    by Mumtaz Iscan (ERT Turkey)
  • Shortages in people and expertise, opportunities for Risk Assessment training and experience in developing countries
    by Jyrki Liesivuori (ERT Finland)
  • European guidelines for educational expectations, necessary  experience and curriculum vitae: registration of toxicologists in the European Register (ERT)
    by John Fowler (ERT UK)