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Vol. 25 No. 5
September-October 2003

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Fundamental Toxicology for Chemists

Chemists are increasingly faced with questions about the safety of substances in common use, ranging from pesticides to fire retardants. In response to this trend, the former IUPAC Committee on the Teaching of Chemistry and the IUPAC Commission on Toxicology initiated a series of projects to introduce toxicology into chemistry courses. The first project was the preparation of a glossary of terms in toxicology, which was followed by the creation of a textbook, Fundamental Toxicology for Chemists, and an accompanying curriculum for university-level chemistry courses. A third project was the creation of a series of presentations, which are freely available on the IUPAC Web site. These presentations include self-assessment questions and can be used by motivated students for self-education, although they were originally designed as a resource for teachers of chemistry. The authors hope that teachers will take from this resource whatever is appropriate for their students and make it their own. Teachers are encouraged to supplement the material with examples of local problems in order to make it as relevant as possible.

From The Science of Chemical Safety: Essential Toxicology, by John Duffus and Howard Worth, an online resource of presentations available at <www.iupac.org/publications/ cd/essential_toxicology/>.

The field of toxicology continues to develop and a nearly completed IUPAC project will supplement the existing glossary of terms in toxicology with a glossary of terms in toxicokinetics, which is currently available on the IUPAC Web site for comment. Fundamental Toxicology for Chemists now needs to be updated and a project to accomplish this has been approved by the IUPAC Project Committee. It is envisioned that the book will be totally revised, including terms from the new glossary and new areas such as toxicogenomics. The editors, John Duffus and Howard Worth, will ensure that it is coordinated with related IUPAC activities and will discuss with the publishers how to facilitate its widest availability.

For more information, contact the Task Group Chairman J. H. Duffus <j.h.duffus@blueyonder.co.uk>.

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