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Title: Transition to ERT: Role of Peer Review Board and Mentors


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Transition to ERT Role of Peer Review Board and
Mentors
  • Dr John S L Fowler (UK)
  • (EUROTOX Individual Member)
  • Prof Rolf Schulte-Hermann
  • (Austria EUROTOX Education Subcommittee)
  • Prof Mumtaz Iscan
  • (Turkey EUROTOX Registration Subcommittee)

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Transition from knowledge base to experience base
terminology 1
  • TRANSITION i.e., evolution from qualified
    scientist (Knowledge Based) to practising
    toxicologist (Experience Based)
  • Peer Review Board panel of volunteer scientists
    who review and comment upon applications at the
    National Registry level
  • Mentor advisor - guide teacher role model
    chosen by or allocated to, a candidate for
    registration

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Transition from knowledge base to experience base
terminology 2
  • TRANSITION i.e., evolution from qualified
    scientist (Knowledge Based) to practising
    toxicologist (Experience Based)
  • CPD continuing professional development, reading
    learning, experience gathering advanced training.
    Leading to annual update of the knowledge base
    accrued data assessed every 5-years by panel
    allowing renewed registration (Re-registration)

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Transition from knowledge base to experience
base panel members
  • Panel members are volunteers and are unpaid
  • From Academia educationalists, although some are
    reluctant to become involved
  • Some Employers who see global benefits from
    registration of toxicologists, even though this
    may increase the wage bill
  • No one wants to be responsible for contributing
    to a stampede of new legislation

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Transition from knowledge base to experience
base ERT is it part of a global movement?
  • EUROTOX active in the field since 1994
  • In 1999 EUROTOX joined with ABT and groups in
    Asia to do the groundwork for a global (IART)
    scheme this is not complete
  • Incidentally, colleagues in the USA were
    amazed at the rich diversity we have here in
    Europe, and that we had already reconciled many
    important (National) differences

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Transition from knowledge base to experience
base need to
  • An applicant must demonstrate firstly, a
    substantial knowledge-base and secondly, must be
    able to prove their experience of use of
    toxicology in the work-place
  • Most successful candidates have an active role in
    research, in education or consultancy at a high
    level or undertake Risk-Assessment on a regular
    basis

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Transition from knowledge base to experience
base help for National panels from EUROTOX
  • EUROTOX assists National Registers by nominating
    experienced assessors to attend Register
    meetings this leads to sharing of case histories
    and to increased harmonisation and understanding
    of European needs
  • EUROTOX provides a forum whereby the National
    Registers and their panel members can discuss
    operational matters

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Work of a National Panel Modus
  • Assessment of the first component, the knowledge
    base
  • This is perhaps the easier task if the panel is
    in doubt, its always possible to ask the
    candidate to come back when they have obtained a
    diploma by examination. This should be from an
    independent body, for example DABT or
    International Diploma of the Society of Biology,
    or Fellowship of the Royal College of
    Pathologists.
  • Assessment of the second component, the extent to
    which the candidate is experienced and active in
    toxicology, is more difficult to achieve

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Work of a National Panel The application
  • The panel receive the application. Evaluation is
    akin to selection of a prospective employee.
  • Note the candidate for Registration does not
    have to be an Einstein, but must demonstrate that
    they are capable of fully independent work
  • The application must adequately demonstrate
    this, and provide examples, supportive references
    and letters from sponsors/mentors

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ERT Who does what?
  • Educationalists are needed to provide relevant,
    rigorous courses of study, to set appropriate
    examinations and provide certification
  • Mentors are needed to help select training and
    encourage development of the right practical
    experience, including in the field of Risk
    Assessment
  • The experience base is more difficult to develop
    and quantify since it results from several years
    of focussed postgraduate working under the expert
    supervision and tutelage of a senior (ERT)
    toxicologist, as part of a team

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ERT National Panel working
  • Applications are reviewed at the National level,
    EUROTOX does not assess ERT applications
  • If the national review board is in doubt, its
    always possible to ask the candidate to provide
    further information, to come back when they have
    more experience or to gain a suitable diploma
  • Examples are DABT (USA), International Diploma of
    the Society of Biology, or Fellowship of the
    Royal College of Pathologists (UK)

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Getting ERT status Helping the Panel in its task
  • An active, auditable Continuing Professional
    Development Record (CPD record) is worth its
    weight in gold in many circumstances.
  • Compilation of the CPD should commence before
    applying for Registration and ERT
  • CPD is the basis Re-registration and continuing
    ERT certification
  • ERT is essentially for working toxicologists and
    CPD is ongoing as experience is acquired

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Examples Biopharmaceutical Programmes and
Case-by-Case
  • Can you tackle a novel problem?
  • Conversing with a director of the Dolly-the-Sheep
    Company (he shall remain nameless, as does the
    company now) he said to me What do YOU know
    about THAT?
  • Q How many developments of ovine proteins to
    pharmaceuticals have YOU advised on? (he already
    knew the answer since this was the first)
  • A My answer was none to that time, or about the
    same number as the programmes as he had completed
  • An ERT can offer something tangible a properly
    trained, qualified and experienced toxicologist
    has plenty to offer
  • I am still working he is not

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Choosing a register. National Needs
  • Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany,
    Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway,
    Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United
    Kingdom
  • Apply in your chosen language
  • Apply to your natural register
  • Each Register has its own case histories and
    in-house experience
  • All registers review at a similar high standard
    and will advise applicants on their detailed
    expectations

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Please look for (or be) a Mentor
  • Independent advisors and EUROTOX can suggest
    venues where the first component of Registration,
    the knowledge base, can be developed.
  • The second component, the extent to which the
    candidate is properly experienced and active in
    toxicology, is a product of relevant employment
    and working (for at least 5 years) as member of a
    team including experienced scientists, some of
    whom preferably are ERT

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Next Step whether as ERT applicant, mentor or
panel member
  • Please join in play your part
  • Be active in your National Bodies
  • Join EUROTOX as an individual member, corporate
    or affiliated member
  • If you are an employer, allow time for ERT,
    training and provision of assistance to your
    National Register
  • Consider outreach activities many scientists
    presently located outside Europe are ERT

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Many Thanks to
  • The organisers for providing this 2011 workshop
    esp President Nancy Claude
  • Rolf Schulte-Hermann for his efforts in updating
    the EUROTOX Model
  • Mumtaz Iscan for his energy and diligent
    Leadership of Registration effort
  • Registration and Education Sub-Committees,
    Executive Committee of EUROTOX

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TOXICOLOGISTS from sub-Saharan AFRICA have become
ERT Since the EUROTOX sponsored workshop in SUN
CITY, 2010
  • EUROPE is leading the WAY
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