Theoretical training in toxicology, with associated practical working to re‐enforce concepts, is essential. Such training can be provided on a modular basis. It should provide basic knowledge of the major areas of toxicology and embrace at least the topics defined below.
A candidate for registration will need to demonstrate basic knowledge in all of the following core
topic areas (B1 – B14) that are considered as being essential for every toxicologist:
Topics B1 – B14 and some of the elective topics are essentially covered in the existing ERT courses in Europe.
Topics may be presented as modules consisting of lectures, site visits, demonstrations, and exercises. Case studies by individual participants are particularly encouraged to practise risk assessment and classification of chemicals. Distant teaching and learning will be used where feasible. At completion of each topic an examination has to be passed.
Course level, and time needed
Course levels will correspond at least to the Master level. Each topic will probably involve 3‐5 days, in some cases up to 10 days of contact time, except B0, which may require only a few hours. If studied from the beginning, with no credit given for content of previous degrees, then about 15‐26 weeks of 30 hr per week contact time should be allocated to undertake the theoretical basis needed for eventual registration.
Comprehensive topics: Some elective topics such as B15, B16, B17, B18 may be organized to offer comprehensive specialized training. They will usually consist of more than one module and will need more than 10 days of contact time.
Candidates for registration will be expected to present credits in all 13 core and the 2 elected topics. This syllabus can be certificated partly or entirely if the respective content has been covered in an appropriate previous degree (MSc, Ph.D.) or course. Credits may be obtained from modules based in more than one country.