FutureTox: building the road for 21st century toxicology and risk assessment practices

Toxicol Sci. 2014 Feb;137(2):269-77. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kft252. Epub 2013 Nov 7.


This article reports on the outcome of FutureTox, a Society of Toxicology (SOT) Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (CCT) workshop, whose goal was to address the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing 21st century technologies for toxicity testing, hazard identification, and risk assessment. One goal of the workshop was to facilitate an interactive multisector and discipline dialog. To this end, workshop invitees and participants included stakeholders from governmental and regulatory agencies, research institutes, academia, and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in Europe and the United States. The workshop agenda was constructed to collectively review and discuss the state-of-the-science in these fields, better define the problems and challenges, outline their collective goals for the future, and identify areas of common agreement key to advancing these technologies into practice.

Keywords: in vitro and alternatives; regulatory/policy.; risk assessment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Congresses as Topic
  • Europe
  • Government Regulation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Toxicology / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Toxicology / methods
  • Toxicology / trends*
  • United States