Membership

The expectation is that the applicant will be an experienced toxicologist working as an independent consultant or part of a group of independent consults. Further detailed criteria are discussed in the drop down boxes below:

Educational Criteria

 

  1. B.S Degree plus minimum of fifteen years relevant experience and proven competence to direct toxicology studies and sufficient to demonstrate expert knowledge of toxicology.   A consistent and on-going documented record of attendance in or teaching of appropriate continuing education courses for the experience period is also essential (receipt and copy of published program outline is acceptable).
  2. M.S. Degree plus minimum of seven years of relevant experience and proven competence to direct toxicology studies and sufficient to demonstrate expert knowledge of toxicology.  In addition, a consistent and on-going documented record of attendance in or teaching of appropriate continuing education courses for the experience period is essential.
  3. Ph.D./M.D./D.V.M./Pharm.D.  Degree that includes some formal training in toxicology plus minimum of 5 years of relevant experience and proven competence to direct toxicology studies and sufficient to demonstrate expert knowledge of toxicology.  In addition, a consistent and on-going documented record of attendance in or teaching of appropriate continuing education courses for the experience period is essential.
  4. Continuing education courses must have been attended throughout the career and continued as recently as within the last year.  Course content should be in toxicology or a relevant field of specialization
  5. Board Certification in addition to the holding of a degree at any level is highly desirable (e.g.  pathology, toxicology, medical or veterinary medical sub specialties, etc).

Experience Criteria

  1. Professional experience must be at the full-time level of involvement for the scientific area of specialization indicated and the time period specified above.
  2. The professional experience must be at a level that requires more than merely the generation or review of data or summarizing toxicology oriented information.  Merely monitoring activities or the collection of data is not deemed to be relevant professional experience.  The opportunity to demonstrate the assessment, interpretation and evaluation of data and the generation of intellectual creativity and the ability to render an expert opinion specific to some clear aspect of toxicology (for example, in study design or project/program development) is essential.
  3. The RTC Executive Board may request additional documentation of experience.
    • Copies of previous job descriptions
    • Specific letters of reference detailing the nature of the applicants prior work

Miscellaneous Criteria

  1. Full membership in at least one of the following mainstream, toxicology specific organizations such as Teratology Society, Society of Toxicology, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, American College of Toxicology, Environmental Mutagen Society etc. is required.
  2. Publications and presentations in the toxicology specialty field are considered desirable, but no specific threshold numbers are established with regard to a consideration for membership.
  3. The holding of licenses to practice medicine, veterinary medicine or law is a positive consideration for membership.
  4. Honors, awards, appointments etc.  with regard to relevant scientific activities in the field of toxicology are considered in a positive light.
  5. References need to be of high quality and written/supplied by individuals with good knowledge and ability to thoroughly judge the character of the applicant.  At least one reference must be board certified in toxicology (DABT).


Additional

  • Must be a member of a national or international Toxicology Organization (ex.: SOT, ACT, ABT).
  • Must have been a practicing toxicologist for at least the past 10 years.
  • Must not have ever been debarred or otherwise convicted of criminal activity.
  • Must be recommended by two practicing toxicologists, preferably at least one member of the RTC
  • Must be an independent consultant as defined by the by-laws. If accepted for membership as an independent, and job situation changes to where the consultant is no longer independent, must give up RTC membership.
  • Applications for Emeritus Membership must state in writing that they are only working up to 20% of the time as compared to their previous workload.
    • Emeritus members must have been an RTC member for at least 5 years preceding their request.
    • Emeritus member benefits include the talklist, newsletters, and discounted members’ rates at RTC meetings. They will not get a listing on the website.