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UK Register of Toxicologists

In response to the need for international harmonisation and mutual recognition of qualifications, 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.

By identifying professional toxicologists with suitable qualifications and experience, it is intended that the Register fosters competence in practice and makes publicly available authoritative sources of information on toxicological matters. The attainment of registration is seen as a significant milestone in a career in toxicology and will become increasingly desirable for career progression. The designation "Registered Toxicologist" is not lightly given and has to be maintained by regular (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.

Register Transition

The UK Register of Toxicologists has moved from its original UK Register website to the Society's. If you have not done so you should transfer as soon as possible. If you are not sure how to transfer email the register administrator a toxreg@rsb.org.uk

The Royal Society of Biology online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system must be used once you have transferred; however, a mixture of the original CPD Excel spreadsheet (for activities prior to transfer) and the Royal Society of Biology's CPD certificates (for ongoing activities) will continue to be used as appropriate for re-registration in the near future.

Applying for the UK Register of Toxicologists

From May 2014 new applications will be processed through the Royal Society of Biology website only.

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 support your application with evidence of suitability to join the register. The minimum requirement is to provide details of 12 months’ relevant (CPD) activities prior to submission of an application. Entries should also include a reflective note saying how you benefited as a toxicologist from the activity. Advice on the types of activity which are acceptable and reflective notes may be obtained from the register administrator.

Applicants must name as referees two senior toxicologists who are familiar with their work. At least one of these should be a European Registered Toxicologist (i.e. UK Register or EUROTOX). If you do not know any registered toxicologists who are willing to provide a reference, please contact the register administrator who will advise you. 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 September 2017 and the closing date for applications is 18th August.

Fees

  1. Fee for first time applications - £100
  2. Annual Retention Fee - £50/year, Use discount code UKRT2 when registering during the transition. The 5 yearly re-registration is free provided you have paid the retention fee for that year. Automatic reminders will be sent and payment will be by credit/debit card through the website
  3. Fees for new applications and re-registration are for review of the application by the panel, they are payable in advance and non-refundable 
  4. Existing register members transferring on to the Royal Society of Biology UKRT will pay their £50 retention fee for 2014 at the time of transfer

For full information on the Register, guidance for on line applications and transitional registration you must first register with mySociety on the Royal Society of Biology website. You do not need join the Society only register with the website, which is free.

To register insert your name and email address on the mySociety page. If you have already registered then just login to mySociety. 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. You can apply following the instructions in the following windows. Existing registrants can also view the register from mySociety.

Opportunities for UKRT members

Upcoming opportunities for UKRT members will be advertised below.

British Toxicology Society Annual Congress Bursary 2017

The UKRT Panel would like to award a bursary of up to £500 for the cost of registration and/or travel to allow an early career toxicologist the opportunity to attend the BTS Annual Congress 2017. The award is open to any member of the UK Register of Toxicologists who has successfully gained inclusion onto the register in the last 12 months. For further information on the bursary criteria and application form please see the links below.

Download the qualifying and selection criteria.

Download the application form. Please send your completed application form to toxreg@rsb.org.uk

Guidance documents

Download guidance notes on recording CPD and reflective notes.

Further information and examples of recording CPD in both the Excel spreadsheet format and on the Society's online CPD system can be found in the Examples guidance document. Please note this document provides applicants who are applying for re-registration to the UKRT with examples from a real CPD record. The examples provided should indicate the range of CPD activities expected of applicants and how reflective notes are compiled. This is a guidance document only and should not be used as a template.

Please be aware that applicants who are re-registering must include reflective notes for their CPD activities. Applicants are not required to provide their reflective notes in supplementary documents, however, you are welcome to do so if you feel it will strengthen your application.

Download guidance for UKRT members taking career breaks.