Legal and Regulatory Toxicology

Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the field of legal and regulatory toxicology. Regulatory toxicology is the process of producing, collecting and evaluating toxicological data in order to facilitate decisions aiming at the protection of human health and the environment. Regulatory toxicology supports the development of standard protocols and harmonized testing methods in order to improve the scientific basis for the risk management processes. The course consists of lectures on the various aspects of legal and regulatory toxicology by selected experts. In addition, participants will participate in case studies in order to acquire a strong understanding of the role(s) of toxicologists in the field of regulatory toxicology.

The first day (Monday) of this course consist of E-lectures and self-study assignments that provide the participants with general knowledge on Legal and Regulatory Toxicology. On-site, the course will go in more depth into the different legal and regulatory frameworks that exist in the risk management of chemical substances such as food, plant protection products, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals. Overarching aspects such as alternatives to animal testing and the role of a risk assessor and a risk manager will also be discussed

On successful completion of the course the participant should:

  • have obtained knowledge on the general approach of regulatory toxicology of chemical substances;
  • have learned how to apply the science behind the risk-based decision making;
  • have obtained knowledge on the practical aspects of the interpretation and presentation of experimental results in the framework of standard setting, notification and registration of substances;
  • have obtained insight in the role of different (inter)national authorities in the field of regulatory toxicology;
  • have obtained insight in the role of toxicologists in the field of regulatory toxicology, either working for a national or international regulatory authority, for industry or for other stakeholders

It is recommended that participants have followed the course on Risk Assessment, or have work experience in risk assessment, before entering Legal and Regulatory Toxicology. Presentations of the lecturers will be placed on the online learning environment. It is recommended that students bring their laptops to the course in order to view the presentations. Wi-Fi is available in the lecture room. For sustainable use of paper, printed handouts will only be available on request.

Course coordinator: Mrs. dr. ir. Linda Razenberg

The participants are expected to actively participate in the discussions during the course and have to take a written exam on the lessons learned at the end of the course.

The on-site classes of the course will take place at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven. Participants will need to bring official identification (eg. passport) to enter the RIVM.

Please note that the course can be cancelled up to one month before its starting date, when the number of applications is below the minimum required. For general inquiries please contact the PET Office.

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