ERT

 
 
 
 
 

What is European Registration of Toxicologists?

The European Register of Toxicologists is a service of EUROTOX established in 1994. It constitutes a list of toxicologists who excel by high standards of education, skills, experience, and professional standing. The intention is to foster competence in practice and science and to provide to the public an authoritative source of information on toxicological competencies. Individuals who want to be registered and are found to comply with the requirements defined by EUROTOX and National Societies of Toxicology, and are accepted, are qualified to use the title EUROPEAN REGISTERED TOXICOLOGIST, ERT, with their name.

Registration is performed by a two-step procedure. First, National Registration boards in Europe evaluate applications of candidates according to a consensual process described in the ERT Guidelines for Registration (shown below) and admit successful applicants to the national register. Second, upon request, EUROTOX will certificate these individuals as ERT.

ERT are listed by EUROTOX according to their country and date of registration or re-registration. Currently, EUROTOX lists almost 1500 toxicologists as ERT.
Qualified toxicologists recognized as ERT are now working in a wide array of different fields (drug, nutritional, chemical and environmental safety, risk assessment and risk management, basic research, clinical and occupational toxicology, etc). To cope with the diverse needs in these different fields the Guidelines for Registration envisage training in the basic topics of toxicology, and in addition offer numerous options for specialisation.

Appropriate ERT courses are available in various European countries, see EDUCATION, Courses Approved for ERT training → ERT Courses / Training Programmes currently offered in Europe

 

Advantages of being ERT:

  • High quality training courses with harmonized programs are available in many European countries and institutions
  • High professional competence of ERTs is recognized Europe-wide / world-wide
  • Many employers prefer ERTs for specific jobs. Therefore more job opportunities are available for ERTs
  • EUROTOX strives for official recognition of ERT by governmental authorities and other institutions
 

ERT requirements

The requirements for becoming ERT are summarised as follows: an academic degree in a science linked to toxicology, further theoretical training, practical training and expertise in toxicology (overall at least 5 years), current active professional participation in the field of Toxicology. They are described in the Guidelines for Registration, Sections A, B, and C.

Candidates for registration will have demonstrated a high standard of critical ability and communication skills, for example by authorship of reports, assessments, and/or published papers.

Once registered, on a 5-yearly basis toxicologists must re-affirm their registration credentials and document their continued professional awareness and education as well as their current activity in the subject.

The major requirements are illustrated in the Figure on the right.

 

How to become an ERT

The title European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) is accorded by EUROTOX to individuals who have been nominated by their National Register.

EUROTOX does not directly register individual toxicologists. Applications for recognition as ‘ERT’ must be directed to a National Registry. The following table compiles the countries with National Registers that are presently recognised by EUROTOX as setting and maintaining the standard expected for ERT, along with addresses and some criteria.  Application details for registration and re-registration are based on Guidelines for Registration, sections A and D, and can be obtained from national registries. Several registries (see table below) admit individuals not adhering to their country’s National Society, EUROTOX individual membes or EUROTOX members without a established local register.

Please contact EUROTOX, Registration Sub-Committee  Chair Prof. Corrado L. Galli  (email: corrado.galli@unimi.it) for advise in identifying an appropriate registry, or a route to eventual registration.


Table.  Countries with National Registers that are presently recognised by EUROTOX as setting and maintaining the standard expected for ERT, with contact information and some criteria for application.

National Register

Who may apply

Must live in area

Must be member of Society

Notes

Austria

werner.brueller@ages.at

anyone

no

Yes, or IUTOX**, EUROTOX**

 

Belgium

dominique.lison@uclouvain.be

anyone

no

yes

must have some connection with toxicology in Belgium

Bulgaria

Christophor Dishovsky

christophord@gmail.com

anyone

no

no

fee is higher if not a member

Croatia

Davor Želježić

dzeljezi@imi.hr

 

 

 

 

Denmark

Eva Cecilie Bonefeld-Jørgensen

ebj@ph.au.dk

 

 

 

 

Finland

paivi.k.myllynen@oulu.fi​

anyone

no

yes

 

France

herve.ficheux@orange.fr

anyone

no

yes

 

Germany

martin.goettlicher@helmholtz-muenchen.de

anyone*

no

yes

*must have trained

in part in Germany

Greece

Leda Kovatsi

kovatsi@hotmail.com​

anyone

no

no

fee is higher if not a member

Ireland

Thomasina.barron@agriculture.gov.ie

anyone

no*

EUROTOX**

* must have some

Irish connection

Italy

corrado.galli@unimi.it

anyone

no

EUROTOX**

 

Netherlands

Paul.Scheepers@radboudumc.nl

anyone

no

no

 

Norway

birgitte.lindeman@fhi.no​

anyone

no

yes*

* must have some

Norway connection

Poland

marek.murias@ump.edu.pl

Polish citizens

no

yes, or EUROTOX**

 

Portugal

portuguesetoxicologyregister@gmail.com

http://pttoxicologyregister.webs.com/

anyone

no

yes

 

Serbia

Vesna Matović

vevodi@pharmacy.bg.ac.rs

anyone

no

no

fee is higher if not a member

Spain

Dr. Maria Jose Ruiz Leal
m.jose.ruiz@uv.es​

anyone

no

no

 

Sweden

Mattias.Oberg@swetox.se

 

 

 

 

Switzerland

martin.wilks@unibas.ch

Swiss*

yes*

yes

* or working in

Switzerland

Turkey

Semra Şardaş

semrasardas@gmail.com

 

anyone*

no

no

* must hold

Doctorate,

fee is higher if not a member

UK

toxreg@rsb.org.uk

anyone

no

no

 

** member societies or individual members