Organization of the association
The Dutch Society of Toxicology was founded on January 18, 1979. Currently the association has over 600 members, and is one of Europe's largest toxicological associations. The NVT is an open society: everyone working in a field related to toxicology, or follows a study which prepares for a role in the field of toxicology, can join as a member.
The association members also have diverse backgrounds, such as biology, biochemistry, agronomy, chemistry, (veterinary) medicine, biomedical sciences, pharmacy or environmental science.
In addition to the general membership, each member may also register as a member of one or more sections or working groups within the association. Each section focuses on a distinct branch of toxicology, while the focus of a working group covers several directions within toxicology. The NVT currently has the sections Occupational Toxicology, Genetic Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology, Reproductive Toxicology and Teratology, Toxicology and Risk Assessment and Toxicological Pathology. There are also committees that focus on organizational fields.
The Dutch Society of Toxicology (NVT) aims to promote the interests of the discipline of toxicology in the broadest sense. The NVT does not intend to represent the interests of individual association members unless these interests are directly related to the practice of the discipline. Guiding the action of the NVT, Article 3 of the Statute, which reads:
1. Promoting insight into the various aspects of toxicology aimed at protecting people and the environment. This objective can be achieved by:
- improving communication between toxicologists and the promote exchange of information among researchers;
- maintaining contact with international toxicology organizations;
- the promotion of toxicological research in general and in particular the development and support of initiatives that can have a stimulating effect in the areas of toxicology - especially research which is urgently needed for the broadening of knowledge;
- promoting education in toxicology;
- the promotion given to newly acquired insights.
2. The implementation of the objective, in particular:
- organizing symposia and providing support in organizing symposiums;
- organizing workshops and other ad hoc meetings on specific issues;
- hold once a year a wide-ranging scientific meeting, intended primarily to accentuate the need for cooperation among researchers from different areas in toxicology;
- controlling the status (approval, registration, note, etc.) of toxicologists working in the areas mentioned in the objective of activity.