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Rationale

Academia, industry, contract laboratories, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations all share the same responsibility in the ethical generation and/or use of data. In the exercise of their functions toxicologists constantly face a number of situations that may have direct or indirect ethical, legal, and social ramifications. Results from toxicological research are widely used by policy makers, regulatory agencies, lawyers, nongovernmental organizations, and the public to establish legal rules and public policy.

The new Specialty Section will provide a forum in which to discuss the ethical implications of results from our science as well as the resulting legal and social implications. In addition, this Specialty Section can serve as a forum for discussing issues related to research integrity and the conduct of research with animals and humans.

The Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues Specialty Section will be of interest to toxicologists concerned about the broader impact of our research on bioethical and societal decision-making as well as the conduct and application of toxicology based research.

Objectives

The objectives of the Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues Specialty Section are:

  • To explore the contributions and implications of toxicological based research on bioethical thinking and public policy.
  • To serve as the focal point for interaction of members of the Society of Toxicology interested in Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues related to toxicology.
  • To develop, propose, and conduct programs and educational activities that emphasize the latest developments in Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues related to toxicology.
  • To relate developments in the field of ethics to the activities of the Society of Toxicology and to stimulate interest and growth in Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues as it relates to the science of toxicology.
  • To act as a resource to the Society in the area of the Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues related to the science of toxicology with a particular emphasis on the bioethical issues raised by advances in the toxicological sciences.

Please send comments or expression of interest to Paul H. Zigas.