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What is Toxicology?

Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on people, animals, and the environment.

Toxicologists are scientists trained to investigate, interpret, and communicate the nature of those effects.


Did You Know?

Many unsafe products were sold to unsuspecting consumers in America in the late 1800s. The Drug Importation Act of 1848 prohibited the importation of unsafe or adulterated drugs. The Biologics Control Act of 1902 mandated that all manufacturers of vaccines, serum, antitoxins and similar products that are sold, must be licensed annually. The Hygienic Laboratory was the precursor of the National Institutes of Health and was charged with conducting regular inspections of these manufacturing establishments. The Laboratory was also responsible for sampling products for purity and potency. The passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 gave the Food and Drug Administration its start as a consumer protection agency. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 required that manufacturers prove the drug(s) was safe before marketing the product.

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