Mission & Principles

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.

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Guiding Principles

SOT operates under four guiding principles.

These four principles are:

  • Serving the needs of the scientific discipline and our members to enhance human, animal, and environmental health.
  • Life-long learning and intellectual scientific stimulation.
  • Diversity of representation in all activities of the Society.
  • Integrity.

Commitment to Research

SOT is committed to research that advances the mission to create a safer and healthier world.

Fundamental to this commitment are the principles that:

  • Knowledge of mechanisms/modes of action underlying toxicity is critical for incorporation of sound science into risk assessment.
  • Dose-response relationships and consideration of exposure conditions are essential aspects of risk assessment.
  • Research should be judged on the basis of scientific merit without regard for the source of funding or sector in which studies are conducted.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) is committed to diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and accessibility in all its activities, Committees, groups, and communities.

Embracing diversity, optimizing inclusion, and providing accessibility maximizes engagement, creativity, and innovation among our members. SOT insists on a culture of respect, recognizes that words and actions matter, and commits to inclusiveness in all that we do. The Society is committed to expanding our efforts to achieve equity, eliminate racism and discrimination, and hold ourselves accountable to the high standards of the following core value: The Society asserts that to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that supports accessibility, we must be considerate of many factors including, but not limited to, gender identity, race/ethnicity, employment sector, nationality and cultural background, geographic location, physical ability, and scientific expertise and perspective. Representation is important, but not sufficient to create a just and equitable environment. We are committed to supporting all members of our community and to a frequent review of Society policies and practices to ensure fairness.

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Code of Conduct

The Society of Toxicology is committed to providing a safe and productive environment for all of its meetings; one that fosters open dialogue, the free exchange of scientific ideas, the promotion of equal opportunity, and is free of any sort of harassment, coercion, and discrimination.

All meeting participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert Society of Toxicology staff, officers, or security of any potentially dangerous situations, individuals in stress, or instances of harassment, coercion, or discrimination. The Society of Toxicology is fully cognizant that there are areas of our science that are controversial. Our meetings can and should serve as an effective forum to consider and debate scientifically-relevant viewpoints in an orderly, respectful and fair manner. The policies herein apply to all meeting attendees, speakers, exhibitors, guests, staff, contractors, and volunteers.

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Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest

SOT adopted its first Code of Ethics in 1985.

This code was last revised in November 2012. SOT also provides resources related to conflicts of interest (COIs), as well as documents used by SOT leadership to declare COIs.

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