Season's Greetings


Dear colleagues and friends of the SCAHT,

The sixth year of our centre is almost complete. A year with many challenges and achievements including the first financial audit of the foundation accounts, a process audit by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and, not least, the submission for our application for the next financing period to the Swiss Confederation. While these activities are necessary to demonstrate good governance of our centre and set us up for the future, it is our contribution to education, research and regulatory projects in toxicology and risk assessment which add value and support public health in Switzerland and abroad.

We wish you and your family a wonderful festive season with time for tranquility and reflection and a very happy and healthy New Year 2016!

                       Martin Wilks and the SCAHT team

EUROTOX 2017 - Extended deadline for submission of scientific proposals

There is still time to submit a scientific proposal for the EUROTOX 2017 Congress "Connecting for a safer future" that will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, 10 - 13 September 2017. 

Submit your scientific proposals using this form making sure to include the organiser details, the recommended speakers, and a brief presentation of the proposal. Send your proposals via email to the EUROTOX Secretariat by 18 December 2015.

Last chance to register for course on "Modelling Approaches in Chemical Risk Assessment"

Module 6 of the CAS Regulatory Sciences program will take place from 30 November to 4 December 2015 at the University of Basel. Further details on content and registration.

Prof. Marcel Leist receives Animal Welfare Research Award 2015

We would like to congratulate our Science Advisory Board member Prof. Marcel Leist and his group on receiving the Animal Welfare Research Price 2015 from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. This prize supports the development of methods to reduce and replace animal experiments. Further information (in German).

Photo source: Thomas Koehler/photothek/BMEL

Systems Toxicology 2016

Building on the highly successful 2013 Systems Toxicology conference in Ascona, the 2016 meeting explores current and likely future specific applications of systems toxicology approaches in chemical risk evaluation.

Reserve the date! Systems Toxicology 2016, 27 - 29 January. Program onlineRegistration now open.

SCAHT review on cadmium and uranium in mineral phosphate fertilizers

SCAHT has reviewed human and environmental risks from cadmium and uranium in mineral phosphate fertilizers for the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft BLW/Office fédéral de l’agriculture OFAG). The results of these reviews can be found in the following reports:

  • Cadmium in mineral fertilisers – human and environmental risk update. FitzGerald R, Roth N. 13 March 2015.
  • Human and environmental impact of uranium derived from mineral phosphate fertilizers. Roth N, FitzGerald R. 19 June 2015.

​Link to reports.

Federal Council publishes report on strengthening 3R research in Switzerland

The Federal Council has published a report on the future of the 3R Research Foundation Switzerland and alternatives for animal experiments. The report points to several key activities for successful and sustainable 3R implementation: education and training, publication of 3R-relevant information, and strengthening 3R research. For the latter, the report asks the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office to evaluate the possibility of creating a 3R Competence Centre modeled on the example of the SCAHT. 

For further information, please refer to the media information and the report: German version & French version

Workshops (also as webinars) on Risk Assessment topics by US EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) will be holding a number of public workshops over the coming year on topics which are relevant to risk assessment activities. Each workshop will be broadcast by webinar and teleconference and the topics will include epigenetics and cumulative risk assessment, systematic review, temporal exposure issues and characterizing and communicating uncertainty in risk assessment. The webinars will be hosted by US EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). See schedule for webinars.

'Regulatory Toxicology' in Brazil

SCAHT welcomes registrations to the teaching 'Regulatory Toxicology' which will take place in Brazil during the period 29th June - 3rd July 2015. The teaching faculty will include from SCAHT Prof. Martin Wilks and Dr. Rex FitzGerald. For further details please see the attached flyer. Registrations should be directed to or by tel. +55 11 30875033.

White paper on the promotion of an integrated risk assessment concept published

Results of the EU FP7 project HEROIC which was coordinated by the SCAHT have recently been published in „Science of the Total Environment“. Link to "White paper on the promotion of an integrated risk assessment concept in European regulatory frameworks for chemicals" by M.F. Wilks, N. Roth, L. Aicher, M. Faust, P. Papadaki, A. Marchis, M. Calliera, A. Ginebreda, S. Andres, R. Kühne, G. Schüürmann, on behalf of the HEROIC consortium. Link to HEROIC website.