The vision of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences is to be recognized
as the leading international organization that certifies toxicologists
based on their education, professional experience, demonstrated achievement,
proven ability and scientific expertise.
As a nonprofit organization, the mission of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS) is to
establish a means by which practicing toxicologists are certified
based on education (Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and postdoctoral
training), professional experience (career advancement), demonstrated
achievement (scholarly publications, editorial boards, awarded grants),
proven ability (international honors and awards) and scientific
expertise (international scientific boards, committees, workgroups).
Certification, which is recognized by the title of Fellow,
is based on peer review by ATS Fellows who serve on the Board of
Directors. ATS certifies toxicologists not only to recognize their professional
achievement but also to assure that toxicology professionals, who participate
in research and testing, determine safety, risk and risk-benefit
and who make regulatory decisions that impact public health and
the environment, exercise sound scientific judgment, free of bias,
based on the scientific data.
Since 1981, the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS) certifies
toxicologists who are recognized by their peers for their expertise
and sound scientific judgment; these toxicologists are awarded the
title of Fellow.
The purpose of this recognition and certification is to ensure the competence
and experience of professionals whose work affects public welfare. Candidates
for certification must have broad knowledge of toxicology and demonstrate current
involvement in toxicological activities. A Fellow of the Academy must have impressive
professional experience, supported by publications, and must have demonstrated
sound scientific judgment, recognized by peers and through appointment or election
to councils, committees, etc.
Code of Ethics
Academy of Toxicological Sciences certifies toxicologists who are recognized by their peers for their expertise and sound scientific judgment. The purpose of the recognition and certification is to ensure the competence and experience of professionals whose work affects public welfare.
In attaining this goal, each Fellow 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. Fellows of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences: Conduct their work and themselves with objectivity and integrity. Hold as inviolate that credible science is fundamental to all toxicologic research and forms the basis for communicating results. Recognize a duty to communicate information concerning health, safety, and toxicity in a timely and responsible manner, with due regard for the significance and credibility of the available data. Give due consideration to the ethical, legal, social and policy implications of their research and communications.
Be a thoughtful advocate for human and environmental health. Abstain from professional judgments influenced by undisclosed conflict of interest, make reasonable efforts to disclose any material conflicts of interest and, insofar as possible, avoid situations that imply a conflict of interest. Observe the spirit, as well as, the letter of law, regulations, and ethical standards with regard to the welfare of humans and animals involved in their experimental procedures. Practice high standards of occupational health and safety for the benefit of themselves, their co-workers, trainees, and other personnel.
Claims that fellows of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences have not adhered to the code in a material way shall be submitted in writing to ATS Headquarters. The ATS legal counsel will review the documentation and make recommendations to the Board. The Board can take action in response to objections only when those objections or comments have been acted upon by adjudicative bodies. In cases where the claims have been substantiated, the Board shall decide upon and undertake appropriate action as it pertains to a prospective fellow and/or a fellow.