Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects.
Founded in 1961, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the US and abroad. The Society’s mission is to create a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology.
SOT is committed to research that advances the mission to create a safer and healthier world. Fundamental to this commitment are the principles that:
SOT operates under the guiding principles of:
SOT is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of its activities. We assert that diversity and inclusiveness include many factors, such as gender, race/ethnicity, employment sector, nationality, geographic location, physical ability, and scientific expertise and perspective. Embracing diversity and optimizing inclusion maximizes the range of creativity and innovation in our Society and our science.
Adopted by the Society of Toxicology on January 31, 1985; Revised June 1, 2005; Reviewed and Reaffirmed September 14, 2011; Revised November 5, 2012
The Society of Toxicology is dedicated to developing and communicating knowledge to improve the health and safety of living beings and to protect the environment upon which we depend.
To attain this objective, each Member must maintain high ethical standards, recognize a duty to share this knowledge with the public, and be a thoughtful advocate for human, animal, and environmental health. To this purpose, this code requires a personal commitment.
Society of Toxicology Members Shall:
Concerns regarding ethics violations should be communicated in writing to SOT Headquarters. All questions of ethical concerns will be referred to the Societys legal counsel for review and recommendation to Council.
At the present time, Council can take action in response to objections only when those objections or comments are accompanied by specific references to findings of record as published by adjudicative bodies and when those findings cast serious doubt on prospective members respect for and conformity to the standards of professional conduct commonly accepted by toxicologists.
SOT mandates that all Councilors complete a conflict of interest disclosure form.
The Society of Toxicology is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology. In seeking to do this, it is important that neither SOT nor its members be compromised by any significant conflict of interest (COI). In general, a COI arises when an organization or individual has a conflict between competing primary and secondary interests. The Society has a number of documents and forms regarding COI for its members Council, scientific presentations, and journal, the links to which are listed below.
Go to: SOT Constitution and Bylaws
Go to: The SOT Strategic Plan