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.

SCAHT Head Office has moved

The head office of the SCAHT has moved to a new address in Basel:

Swiss Centre for Applied
Human Toxicology - SCAHT
University of Basel
Missionsstrasse 64
CH-4055 Basel

Contact data remain unchanged.

EUROTOX 2015 - Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2015

EUROTOX 2015 will take place from September 13 to 16, 2015, in the Alfândega Congress Centre in Porto, Portugal. The scientific programme comprises 6 Continuing Education Courses, 9 Symposia, 14 Workshops and several Keynote Lectures from key scientists. About 1,500 participants from all over the world as well as more than 50 exhibitors from the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological industry are expected. The deadline for early bird registration is 29 May 2015. Further information.

Cefic-LRI Innovative Science Award 2015

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in conjunction with SETAC, EUROTOX, ISES and Chemical Week, is offering a €100,000 award to support promising new research in the field of novel use of surrogate data to assess apical endpoints in human health and/or environmental risk assessment. Application deadline is 17 March 2015 (further information on LRI award).

Prof. Marcel Leist receives 2015 SOT Award

SCAHT congratulates its Science Advisory Board member Professor Marcel Leist, PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany, who is being awarded the 2015 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award. This award honors a SOT member for contributions made to the advancement of toxicological science through the development and application of methods that replace, refine, or reduce the need for experimental animals. Dr. Leist's laboratory focuses on in vitro toxicology, specifically mechanisms and systems related to neurotoxicity.

Season's Greetings

The year 2014 has seen momentous changes for the SCAHT. In February the 'Foundation of the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology' was officially registered with the Registre du Commerce de Genève, giving the SCAHT its legal framework for the future. In November we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the SCAHT. In between, SCAHT staff and members have been busier than ever with research and regulatory projects, teaching and contributions to national and international activities in human health risk assessment. From all of us at SCAHT, a big thank you for making our anniversary year a great one! 

We wish you and your families a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year 2015, and look forward to continuing a successful collaboration with our colleagues and partners.

                                                The SCAHT Team