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UK Register of Toxicologists

The UK Register of Toxicologists (UKRT), sponsored by the Royal Society of Biology and the British Toxicology Society, was established in 1993 and is now a Special Interest Group of the Royal Society of Biology. The attainment of registration is seen as a significant milestone in a career in toxicology and will become increasingly desirable for career progression.

"Registered Toxicologist" status has to be maintained by a 5 yearly review of continuing education and practice in toxicology. Members of the UK Register of Toxicologists gain automatic membership of the EUROTOX Register of Toxicologists and are entitled to use ERT as a post nominal.

Applying for the UK Register of Toxicologists

For online applications you must first register with mySociety on the Royal Society of Biology website. You do not need join the Society to apply for UKRT.

Once you are inside mySociety go to myRegisters followed by UK Register of Toxicologists tab. Follow the Apply or view the register link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to complete your application.

To apply to join the UK Register of Toxicologists you must be of good professional standing and have:

  • an honours degree in a relevant science (taken over a minimum 3 year period from a UK University or its equivalent); or DIBT, DRCPath, DABT or equivalent qualification
  • and at least 5 years subsequent relevant toxicological experience
  • and evidence of current engagement in the practice of toxicology

In addition, you must provide details of the past 12 months’ relevant (CPD) activities to the "Application Statement" section of the application form. Entries should reflective notes describing how you benefited as a toxicologist from the activity. Please note that evidence of DABT status must be provided if included in the application.

Applicants must provide details of two senior toxicologists who are familiar with their work to act as referees. At least one of these should be a European Registered Toxicologist (i.e. UK Register or EUROTOX). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that these references are sent to the register administrator in time to meet the assessment deadline. Current UKRT Panel members cannot supply references for applicants.

The Panel of the UKRT usually convenes in January, May and September each year: applications for membership of the register must be received one month in advance.

The next Panel meeting is in October 2019 and the closing date for applications including references is 31st August.

Fees

  1. Fee for first time applications and re-registrations - £100
  2. Annual Retention Fee - £50
  3. Fees are payable in advance via the website and are non-refundable.

Deferral Policy

Should your initial re-registration application (including your CPD record) meet the required standard, the Panel will approve your UKRT registration status for a 5 year cycle.

If the Panel concludes that your application and/or CPD record falls short of the required standard, please be advised that your application will be deferred. The UKRT Panel will provide you with feedback on the remedial action required to be submitted for consideration at the next Panel meeting. Additional information as requested by the Panel should be submitted via email to toxreg@rsb.org.uk. There is no additional fee for deferred applications.

If your application is deferred at two concurrent Panel meetings and your application is insufficient to meet the criteria at the third Panel meeting, your application will be rejected. In the event that your application or re-registration is rejected, you will not be able to re-apply for a period of at least 3 years.

Guidance documents

Download guidance notes on recording CPD and reflective notes. Further information and examples of recording CPD can be found below (please note these are examples and are not to be used as templates):

UKRT CPD example 1 (with guidance)

UKRT CPD example 2

Download guidance for UKRT members taking career breaks.

Download information on UKRT compliance with governing body CPD guidelines.

The UKRT, Brexit and ERT Status

The UKRT have sought guidance from EUROTOX regarding the effect of Brexit on members and their ERT status. Reassurance has been provided that EUROTOX is not a political organisation and that the recognition of ERT as a professional qualification is completely independent of the European Union and will thus not be affected by any Brexit-related outcome.

Should any further clarification be required, please do not hesitate to contact the UKRT Secretariat via email at toxreg@rsb.org.uk

Procedure for raising queries regarding the UK Register of Toxicologists

All queries regarding the UK Register of Toxicologists should be directed to its Secretariat by email (toxreg@rsb.org.uk). In accordance with their Data Protection Policies, the RSB will not divulge any personal information without the expressed consent of the individual involved and takes all appropriate steps to protect registrants’ data held by the UK Register of Toxicologists.

The Royal Society of Biology is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the life sciences, and supports diversity throughout the pipeline; at school and higher education, in the workplace and training.

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