American College of Toxicology


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Overview and Mission


The American College of Toxicology (ACT) is a global community of professional scientists representing the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, contract research organizations, regulatory agencies, academia, and consulting firms.

ACT serves its membership by promoting the collegial exchange of facts and opinions on applied toxicology and safety assessment through a diverse offering of educational opportunities and an Annual Meeting. The professional and welcoming atmosphere of the Annual Meeting is a cherished hallmark of the College that ACT leadership is committed to maintaining. Specifically,

  • The Annual Meeting program, developed by members, provides a friendly forum for networking, discussing regulatory issues, promoting new science, and sharing updates on current topics;
  • The Annual Meeting provides premier symposia and workshops focused on current safety issues and applied toxicology;
  • Educational programs throughout the year feature global opportunities for multi-day training in basic, advanced, or specialty toxicology, as well as webinars and podcasts on current topics of interest;
  • ACT actively supports the career advancement of students and young professionals and recognizes individual achievement via prestigious awards, research grants, and travel awards;
  • The ACT International Journal of Toxicology offers a peer‑reviewed platform to share cross-disciplinary scientific data and opinions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the American College of Toxicology is to educate, lead, and serve professionals in toxicology and related disciplines by promoting the exchange of information and perspectives on applied toxicology and safety assessment.

Council 2020–2022 Strategic Plan

Every three years, ACT Council undergoes extensive strategic planning in order to ensure the ongoing relevancy and delivery of the ACT Mission to Educate, Lead, and Serve. In order to develop the 2020–2022 Strategic Plan, Council’s discussions were informed by feedback solicited via surveys administered to select ACT members representing various sectors of the College. Three overarching Goals—Delivering Educational Excellence, Advancing Professional Development, and Advancing ACT’s Impact were identified, and associated Objectives and Strategies were developed. Council will be accountable for initiatives to advance the impact of the College, with an emphasis on how we can create a more diverse and inclusive organization.

There are plenty of exciting initiatives to develop and work on, and member engagement at the Committee, Subcommittee, and Working Group level is critical to ACT’s successes.

Strategic Map

ACT Strategic Planning 2020–2022 Summary

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