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Become a member of the American College of Toxicology—submit your application today!
Candidates for membership to the American College of Toxicology must comply with the following requirements. A copy of the supporting documents as requested on the application (including a detailed description of current and past positions) must be sent to the Secretariat of the American College of Toxicology. The application for Full membership must bear the names of two sponsoring Full members of the American College of Toxicology. The application for Associate membership must bear the name of one sponsoring Full College member. Current emails of the sponsoring members must be provided on the application form. For applicants outside North America who do not know ACT Full members to serve as sponsors, the applicant may arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent from scientists/supervisors who are familiar with the candidate’s work in toxicology, along with a CV for each person providing the letter of recommendation.
The Secretariat shall forward copies of the completed applications with supporting information to the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall vote on the eligibility of the applicants for membership in the College. The Chairman of the Membership Committee shall compile the votes and forward the results to the Council of the College. Letters of acceptance or denial will then be sent to the applicants.
2021 Important Membership Application Dates
|2021 Application Deadline||2021 Acceptance Notification|
For applicants outside North America who do not know ACT Full members to serve as sponsor, the applicant may arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent from scientists/supervisors who are familiar with the candidate's work in toxicology, along with a CV for each person providing the letter of recommendation.
Full Member Dues: $150
Government Full Member Dues: $100
Any person who is qualified, by virtue of training and experience, and is actively involved in toxicology through administration, teaching, research, or safety assessment, and who is functioning as a scientist or professional in toxicology is eligible for Full membership. Full members must have at a minimum an earned baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university, five years' experience directly related to toxicology, and fulfill one or more of the following requirements: formal advanced training in toxicology or related field, at least one peer-reviewed publication on a topic relevant to toxicology, or board certification in a subject relevant to toxicology.
Full membership must be sponsored by two Full members of the College. One of the sponsors may be associated with the same institution/organization as the candidate. The second sponsor must be from outside the candidate’s organization. The membership application to support candidacy as a Full member must be completed in its entirety.
Any person who is a Full member and who has attained international recognition in a field of research and has contributed to significant advancement in the science of toxicology may be designated a Distinguished Fellow upon the recommendation of two Full members of the College and a vote of approval by Council at any of its regular meetings. Officers of the College are ineligible to be voted as Distinguished Fellows during their active term of office.
Associate Member Dues: $150
Government Associate Member Dues: $100
Any person who is qualified, by virtue of training and experience, and is actively involved in toxicology through administration, teaching, research, or safety assessment functioning as a scientist or professional and who has, at a minimum, an earned baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university, or who has training and experience in toxicology, shall be eligible for election as an Associate member. Associate members must have two years' experience directly related to toxicology. Time spent pursuing an advanced degree in toxicology will count towards total experience.
Associate membership must be sponsored by one Full member of the College who may represent the same institution/organization as the candidate. The membership application to support candidacy as an Associate member must be completed in its entirety.
Postdoctoral Researcher/Transitional Member
Postdoctoral Researcher/Transitional Member Dues: $40, electronic access to the journal only
Any postdoctoral researcher or person with less than 2 years of relevant experience and engaged in acquiring professional skills to pursue a career in toxicology (or related discipline) shall be eligible for this membership category upon written verification (e.g., letter of recommendation from advisor or direct supervisor). Postdoctoral Researcher/Transitional members may not vote or hold elective office, but may participate as an ex officio member of selected committees.
Requirements for Postdocs: An official signed letter from the direct postdoctoral supervisor is required and needs to verify that the applicant is a postdoctoral researcher who is actively researching or training for an eventual career in a toxicology-related field. For Transitional Members: An official signed letter from the direct advisor or supervisor is required and needs to verify that the applicant is actively researching or training for an eventual career in a toxicology-related field.
Free Membership, electronic access to the journal only
Any student engaged in studies leading to a degree in the field of toxicology or a field related to toxicology shall be eligible for Student membership. An official signed letter from the academic advisor is required and will verify that the applicant is a current student in good standing and is pursuing degree work related to toxicology.
Free Membership, electronic access to the journal only
Any current, active Full member who has been a member for at least 15 years and is retired from professional practice may apply for Emeritus status by requesting this change through ACT Headquarters for approval by the Membership Committee. Emeritus members shall pay no membership fees, may not vote or hold elective office and do not receive the print journal. An Emeritus member may be restored to previous membership status via application to the Membership Committee and Council approval.
If you have been an active ACT Member for at least 15 years and are interested in Emeritus status, please email ACT Headquarters. You will also need to verify your retirement date and if you plan on doing any consulting work after retirement. If you do plan to do consulting work after retirement, to obtain Emeritus status, the consulting work done must constitute less than 25% of your overall income.
Any Full member may propose to the Awards Committee the name of any individual whose contributions to the College merit consideration for Honorary membership in the College, who otherwise would not be eligible for membership. Nominations with supporting documents must be submitted to the Chair of the Awards Committee. The recommendation of the Committee shall be forwarded to the Council for approval. Honorary members shall pay no membership fees and may not vote.
Corporate Member Dues: Corporate Partner Package – $3,500 | Corporate Contributor Package – $1,500
The President of the College, with the approval of the Council, may, on an annual basis, invite any firm, association, corporation, institution, or subdivision thereof to become a Corporate member in support of the College. A Corporate member shall have no vote.
Membership Dues Assistance
The College wishes to encourage diverse membership from the global community. It is recognized that toxicologists are active in areas of the world where even reduced dues payments may present a challenge. The College has an annual budget to fund such requests and will consider requests, on a limited and case-by-case basis, for financial assistance with membership fees. One example might be applicants from developing countries (such as on this UN list) seeking financial assistance.
If you wish to be considered for ACT membership dues assistance, please provide your request with as much detail as you think appropriate in a word document and email it to ACT Headquarters.
Consideration for each request will depend on when it is submitted. Requests will be reviewed in conjunction with each new membership application cycle. Dates for these review deadlines and notifications can be found at the top of this page.
*If you are a new member of the College, please submit your application for membership and your dues assistance request at the same time. The online application link can be found at the top of this page.