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.

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

SOT is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of its activities.

The Society asserts 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 the Society and toxicology.

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. Read the full policy, including how to report harassment, on the “Code of Conduct” web page.

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. The full text of the Code of Ethics and the COI resources are available on the “Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest” web page.