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With the mission 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, the American College of Toxicology provides numerous opportunities for members and nonmembers to participate in continuing professional education.

Upcoming Courses

Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists
April 8–12, 2019
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Practical Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology
Co-Hosted with the Teratology Society
May 13–17, 2019
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology
August 5–9, 2019
Gaithersburg, Maryland

 

Previous Courses

Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology
August 6–10, 2018
Gaithersburg, Maryland


This advanced course is a complement to the Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists course. In this five-day intensive course, attendees will be provided detailed descriptions of principles of toxicology, effects of xenobiotics on organ systems, discussions of specific classes of toxicants, mechanisms of toxicity, risk assessment, and other contemporary toxicological concepts. The content of this course will provide contemporary toxicological concepts and information that should be helpful to those seeking certification in toxicology or to those seeking more advanced training in toxicology. The faculty consists of well-recognized experts in their field of study who most are board certified by the American Board of Toxicology.

Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development
Co-Hosted with the British Toxicology Society
July 23–27, 2018
Cambridge, United Kingdom


This course taught by distinguished experts provided opportunities for scientists from all parts of the world to participate in a course providing basic training in toxicology. Participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of nonclinical safety evaluation with emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data. Regulatory toxicology in drug development was emphasized, from both a European and a US perspective. Through the week the students participated in tutored group study of regulatory cases and original data from a regulatory submission which concluded with a half-day workshop on the last morning.

Pathology for Nonpathologists
Co-Hosted with the Society of Toxicologic Pathology
May 14–16, 2018
Gaithersburg, Maryland


This joint ACT/STP course, held every other year, provides lectures given by highly respected pathologists with current, relevant experience in toxicologic pathology. Lectures will cover anatomy and physiology, spontaneous- and chemically-induced pathological changes, clinical pathology, and case examples. The knowledge gained will be immediately applicable to your day-to-day practices. Different organs or systems are featured in subsequent courses.

Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists
April 23–27, 2018
Gaithersburg, Maryland


This annual ACT course provides a basic training in toxicology. Using pharmaceutical development as examples, participants will obtain an overall understanding of the principles of toxicology and nonclinical safety evaluation. The course will include discussion of regulatory case studies and hands-on analyses of nonclinical data. The course is intended to benefit individuals working with small and large molecules from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and regulatory agencies, or individuals interested in or currently practicing toxicology.

Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology
August 7–11, 2017
Gaithersburg, Maryland


The American College of Toxicology (ACT) is offering an advanced course to complement “Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists.” In this five-day intensive course, attendees will be provided detailed descriptions of principles of toxicology, effects of xenobiotics on organ systems, discussions of specific classes of toxicants, mechanisms of toxicity, risk assessment, and other contemporary toxicological concepts. The content of this course will provide contemporary toxicological concepts and information that should be helpful to those seeking certification in toxicology or to those seeking more advanced training in toxicology. The faculty consists of well-recognized experts in their field of study who most are board certified by the American Board of Toxicology.

Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development
July 17–21, 2017
Cambridge, United Kingdom

This course taught by distinguished experts provided opportunities for scientists from all parts of the world to participate in a course providing basic training in toxicology. Participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of nonclinical safety evaluation with emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data. Regulatory toxicology in drug development was emphasized, from both a European and a US perspective. Through the week the students participated in tutored group study of regulatory cases and original data from a regulatory submission which concluded with a half-day workshop on the last morning.

Practical Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology
Co-Hosted with the Teratology Society, in collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson University College of Biomedical Sciences
May 8–12, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This joint American College of Toxicology/Teratology Society course was hosted in collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson University College of Biomedical Sciences. The course was designed to provide a basic understanding in reproductive and developmental biology and principles of various testing approaches for reproductive and developmental toxicology, with strong emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data as well as risk assessment. The intended audience for this course included industrial and regulatory scientists, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists
April 24–28, 2017
Gaithersburg, Maryland


This annual ACT course provided a basic training in toxicology. Using pharmaceutical development as examples, participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of toxicology and nonclinical safety evaluation. The course included discussion of regulatory case studies and hands-on analyses of nonclinical data. The course was intended to benefit individuals working with small and large molecules from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and regulatory agencies, or individuals interested in or currently practicing toxicology.

Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology
August 8–12, 2016
Gaithersburg, Maryland

The American College of Toxicology (ACT) offered an advanced course to complement “Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists.” In this five-day intensive course, attendees were provided detailed descriptions of principles of toxicology, effects of xenobiotics on organ systems, discussions of specific classes of toxicants, mechanisms of toxicity, risk assessment, and other contemporary toxicological concepts. The content of this course provided contemporary toxicological concepts and information that should be helpful to those seeking certification in toxicology or to those seeking more advanced training in toxicology. The faculty consisted of well-recognized experts in their field of study who are Board Certified by the American Board of Toxicology.

Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development
Co-Hosted with the British Toxicology Society
July 11–15, 2016
Cambridge, United Kingdom

This biennial ACT course, taught by distinguished experts, returned in 2016 to Cambridge and provided opportunities for scientists from all parts of the world to participate in a course providing basic training in toxicology.

Participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of nonclinical safety evaluation with emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data. Regulatory toxicology in drug development was emphasized, from both a European and a US perspective. Through the week the students participated in tutored group study of regulatory cases and original data from a regulatory submission which concluded with a half-day workshop on the last morning.

Pathology for Nonpathologists

Co-Hosted with the Society of Toxicologic Pathology
May 16–18, 2016
Gaithersburg, Maryland

This joint ACT/STP course, held every other year, provides lectures given by highly respected pathologists with current, relevant experience in toxicologic pathology. Lectures covered anatomy and physiology, spontaneous and chemically induced pathological changes, clinical pathology and case examples. The knowledge gained will be immediately applicable to your day-to-day practices. Different organs or systems are featured in subsequent courses.

Study Director Training Course
Co-Hosted with the Chinese Society of Toxicology
May 9–12, 2016
Shanghai, China

A three-day Study Director Training Course provided attendees with the details of conducting, supervising and monitoring toxicology studies in a stringent regulatory environment. The topics of this workshop included Good Laboratory Practice regulations, study protocol development, species selection, in-life study evaluations, pathology and clinical pathology evaluations, study monitoring, and report writing.

Workshop: SEND Submissions Demystified

May 3, 2016
Reston, Virginia

This workshop provided opportunities for participants engaged in, or contemplating SEND implementation to exchange collective experience and to gain a cohesive understanding of FDA SEND Submission expectations. The focus of the workshop was primarily on SEND business processes with some high-level discussion of the technical aspects of SEND.

As the go-live date for SEND approaches, companies are at various stages of SEND implementation. Based on formal and informal exchanges, understanding of what constitutes successful SEND implementation continued to be a topic of intense discussion. Engaging all stakeholders with a role in SEND implementation, including the US Food and Drug Administration, provided a key opportunity for all invested parties to come to an understanding of SEND submission expectations.

Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists

April 25–29, 2016
Gaithersburg, Maryland

This annual ACT course provided a basic training in toxicology in general. Using pharmaceutical development as examples, participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of toxicology and nonclinical safety evaluation. The course included discussion of regulatory case studies and hands-on analyses of nonclinical data. The course was intended to benefit individuals working with small and large molecules from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and regulatory agencies, or individuals interested in or currently practicing toxicology.

Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology
August 9–14, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio


The American College of Toxicology (ACT) offered an advanced course, “Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology,” to complement “Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists.” In this five-day intensive course, attendees were provided detailed descriptions of principles of toxicology, effects of xenobiotics on organ systems, discussions of specific classes of toxicants, mechanisms of toxicity, risk assessment, and other contemporary toxicological concepts. The content of this course provided information that could be helpful to those seeking certification in toxicology or to those seeking more advanced training in toxicology. The faculty consisted of well recognized experts in their field of study who are Board Certified by the American Board of Toxicology.

This week-long course began on Sunday evening with an orientation and reception and ended on Friday with a practice exam, comprised of about 100 questions of the type and rigor found on the American Board of Toxicology exam. The registration fee included continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, and lunch.

Pathology for Nonpathologists—Europe
Hosted by the American College of Toxicology (ACT), the British Society of Toxicological Pathology (BSTP), and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP)
July 6–8, 2015
Cambridge, UK

This three-day joint American College of Toxicology (ACT) and British Society of Toxicological Pathology (BSTP) course, modeled after the successful ACT/STP US Pathology for the Nonpathologist course, was held for the first time in the United Kingdom in July 2015.

The knowledge gained was immediately applicable to their day-to-day practices. The course was suitable for toxicologists, safety pharmacologists, nonclinical regulatory scientists, and other scientists working in preclinical disciplines. The content was suitable for those who are relatively new to their roles, and was also highly relevant to experienced scientists who wished to consolidate their understanding, and update their knowledge of recent developments and changes in the field. Highly respected pathologists with current, relevant experience in toxicologic pathology provided lectures covering anatomy and physiology, spontaneous and chemically induced pathological changes, clinical pathology and case examples.

Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists
April 27–May 1, 2015
Gaithersburg, Maryland


This annual ACT course provided a basic training in toxicology in general. Using pharmaceutical development as examples, participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of toxicology and nonclinical safety evaluation. The course included discussion of regulatory case studies and hands-on analyses of nonclinical data. The course was intended to benefit individuals working with small and large molecules from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and regulatory agencies, or individuals interested in or currently practicing toxicology.

Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development
Co-sponsored by Charles River in association with the British Toxicology Society
September 15–19, 2014
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This successful ACT course, taught by distinguished experts, returned in 2014 to Scotland and provided opportunities for scientists from all parts of the world to participate in a course providing basic training in toxicology. Participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of nonclinical safety evaluation with emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data. Regulatory toxicology in drug development was emphasized, from both a European and a US perspective. Through the week the students participated in tutored group study of regulatory cases and original data from a regulatory submission which concluded with a half day workshop on the last morning.

Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology
August 10–15, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio

The American College of Toxicology (ACT) offered an advanced course to complement “Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists.” In this five-day intensive course, attendees were provided detailed descriptions of principles of toxicology, effects of xenobiotics on organ systems, mechanisms of toxicity, risk assessment, and regulatory toxicology. The content of this course provided contemporary toxicological concepts and information that should be helpful to those seeking certification in toxicology and was consistent with the certification examination content. The faculty consisted of well-recognized experts in their field of study who are Board Certified by the American Board of Toxicology.

Pathology for Nonpathologists
Co-Sponsored with the Society of Toxicologic Pathology
May 12–14, 2014
Gaithersburg, Maryland

This joint ACT/STP course, held every other year, provided lectures given by highly respected pathologists with current, relevant experience in toxicologic pathology. Lectures covered anatomy and physiology, spontaneous and chemically-induced pathological changes, clinical pathology and case examples. The knowledge gained will be immediately applicable to your day-to-day practices. Different organs or systems were featured in subsequent courses.

Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists
April 28–May 2, 2014
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Held at MedImmune Headquarters, this annual ACT course provided basic training in toxicology. Participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of toxicology and nonclinical safety evaluation. The course included discussion of regulatory case studies and hands on analyses of nonclinical data. The course was intended to benefit individuals working with small and large molecules from chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, CROs and regulatory agencies interested in or currently practicing toxicology.

Practical Application of Toxicology in Drug Development
September 9–13, 2013
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Co-Sponsored with Charles River and in association with the British Toxicology Society

This course in Edinburgh, Scotland, expanded opportunities for scientists from all parts of the world to participate in a course providing basic training in toxicology. Participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of nonclinical safety evaluation with emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data.

Toxicology for Industrial and Regulatory Scientists
April 22–26, 2013
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Held at MedImmune in Gaithersburg, Maryland, this course provided basic training in toxicology. Participants obtained an overall understanding of the principles of nonclinical safety evaluation with emphasis on the practical application of these principles and interpretation of nonclinical safety data.

Pathology for Nonnpathologists
May 14–16, 2012
Falls Church, Virginia

Co-Sponsored with the Society of Toxicologic Pathology

This course has been held in alternate years. The lectures were given by highly respected pathologists with current, relevant experience in toxicologic pathology. Lectures covered anatomy and physiology, spontaneous and chemically-induced pathological changes, clinical pathology and case examples. The knowledge gained will be immediately applicable to your day-to-day practices. Different organs or systems were featured in subsequent courses.

2012 Course Announcement
Preclinical GLP Study Director Course
Bangalore, India
October 8–10, 2012


















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