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UK Register of Toxicologists

The UK Register of Toxicologists (UKRT), sponsored by the Royal Society of Biology and the British Toxicology Society, was established in 1993 and is now a Special Interest Group of the Royal Society of Biology. The attainment of registration is seen as a significant milestone in a career in toxicology and will become increasingly desirable for career progression.

"Registered Toxicologist" status has to be maintained by a 5 yearly review of continuing education and practice in toxicology. Members of the UK Register of Toxicologists gain automatic membership of the EUROTOX Register of Toxicologists and are entitled to use ERT as a post nominal.

Contents of this page

  1. Applying for the UK Register of Toxicologists
  2. CPD advice
  3. Fees
  4. Application/Re-registration Deferral Policy
  5. Guidance documents
  6. The UKRT, Brexit and ERT Status
  7. Procedure for raising queries regarding the UK Register of Toxicologists
  8. Members of the UKRT Panel

Applying for the UK Register of Toxicologists

For online applications you must first register with mySociety on the Royal Society of Biology website. You do not need join the Society to apply for UKRT.

To apply to join the UKRT, you must have:

  • An honours degree in a relevant science (taken over a minimum 3-year period from a UK University (or its equivalent), IDT, FRCPath, DABT or an equivalent qualification. Relevant certificates should be provided.
  • At least 5 years post-graduate relevant toxicological experience.
  • Evidence of current engagement in the practice of toxicology and up to date CV.
  • Details of the past 12 months’ relevant CPD, including a range of activities and reflective notes.
  • Two senior ERT registered toxicologists to act as referees. Your referees should know you in a professional capacity and be able to confirm the quality of your toxicology practice. The two referees should not be employed at the same organisation as each other. If you do not know two referees sufficiently well from separate organisations, please provide a 3rd referee (who does not have to be ERT) to provide a reference regarding your professional competence and recommendation for inclusion in the UKRT.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that these references are sent to the register administrator in time to meet the assessment deadline. UKRT Panel members cannot supply references.

The Panel are next meeting to review applications in September 2022. Feedback is sent to applicants around 4 weeks after the meeting. The deadline for applications (including references) and re-registrations for the September panel meeting is 5th August. Any applications received after this date will be considered at the following panel meeting. 

CPD Advice

Successful application/re-registration is dependent on the individual providing a range of CPD activities in their record along with adequate reflection. This means that statements must be provided against each CPD activity recorded, explaining how the individual will benefit from the activity and, where applicable, how others may also benefit as a result.

Re-registration applications are frequently deferred due to inadequate reflective statements so it is vital that these are provided in sufficient detail. Download guidance notes here on recording CPD and reflective notes. Further CPD guidance can also be found on our CPD webpage

Individuals enrolled in the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) CPD scheme may submit their RCPath record in place of an RSB CPD record to be reviewed by the UKRT Panel. Records should be provided, along with all other relevant application or re-registration information, by the deadline for the UKRT Panel meeting. An example RCPath CPD record can be viewed here.

Fees

  1. Fee for first time applications - £125
  2. Fee for re-registrations - £100
  3. Annual Retention Fee - £50
  4. Fees are payable in advance via the website and are non-refundable.

Application and Re-registration Deferral Policy

Should your initial application or re-registration (including your CPD record) meet the required standard, the Panel will approve your UKRT registration status for a 5 year cycle.

If the Panel concludes that your application or re-registration falls short of the required standard, it will be either rejected or deferred. If your application is deferred, the UKRT Panel will provide you with feedback on the remedial action required and information that should be submitted for consideration at the next Panel meeting. Additional information as requested by the Panel should be submitted via email to toxreg@rsb.org.uk. There is no additional fee for deferred applications.

Applications may be deferred by the Panel up to two times. If your application is insufficient to meet the acceptance criteria at the third Panel meeting, it will be rejected. If your application is deferred, you should submit the information requested by the Panel by the submission deadline prior to the subsequent Panel meeting. All deferred applications for registration or re-registration that do not result in a successful application within 12 months or three Panel meetings of the initial Panel assessment, whichever is soonest, will result in rejection. In the event that your application for registration or re-registration is rejected, you will not be able to re-apply for a period of at least 3 years. 

Guidance documents

 

The UKRT, Brexit and ERT Status

The UKRT have sought guidance from EUROTOX regarding the effect of Brexit on members and their ERT status. Reassurance has been provided that EUROTOX is not a political organisation and that the recognition of ERT as a professional qualification is completely independent of the European Union and will thus not be affected by any Brexit-related outcome.

Procedure for raising queries regarding the UK Register of Toxicologists

All queries regarding the UK Register of Toxicologists should be directed to its Secretariat by email (toxreg@rsb.org.uk). In accordance with their Data Protection Policies, the RSB will not divulge any personal information without the expressed consent of the individual involved and takes all appropriate steps to protect registrants’ data held by the UK Register of Toxicologists.

Members of the UKRT Panel

  • Mr Mark Hosford (Chair)
  • Miss Britta Gadeberg (Vice-Chair)
  • Dr Sally Clode
  • Dr Guy Healing
  • Dr Andy Smith
  • Dr Lucinda Weir
  • Dr Kristina Ulrich
  • Mr Warren Harvey