Diplomate of JSOT / Certification

Regulations on the Certification Program for Diplomate of the JSOT

Regulations on the Certification Program for Diplomate of the Japanese Society of Toxicology (JSOT)

JSOT Education Committee
Established on Jul. 24, 1997
Revised on Jul. 19, 2003
Revised on Jan. 16, 2007
Revised on Jul. 5, 2009
Revised on Jan. 14, 2011
Revised on Jan. 1, 2012
Revised on May 1, 2014
Revised on Jun. 17, 2014
Revised on Feb. 23, 2015

1. Purpose

JSOT shall establish a certification program for Diplomate of JSOT to certify toxicologists who have a thorough knowledge of toxicology, and contribute to the advancement and development of the discipline and to the improvement of the credibility of toxicity studies/safety assessment.

2. Certification Examination Subcommittee

There shall be a Certification Examination Subcommittee established under the JSOT Education Committee in order to administer certification examinations. Detailed regulations on the Certification Examination Subcommittee shall be laid down separately.

3. Certification Examination

(1) Applicants for Diplomate of JSOT must pass a document screening and the certification examination conducted by JSOT.
(2) The Education Committee shall host the document screening and the certification examination, and the President of the Board of Directors shall make a decision on certification after deliberations of the Board. The Certification Examination Subcommittee shall perform administrative tasks pertaining to the certification.
(3) Eligibility criteria for the document screening are as follows:
a) pplicants must be a JSOT member at the time of application.
b) Applicants must possess professional experience in toxicology of at least 5 years for a 6-year university graduate, at least 7 years for a 4-year university graduate, at least 10 years for a junior college graduate, at least 12 years for a high school graduate, and equivalent years for an applicant other than the above.
The professional experience period in toxicology shall include periods of toxicology-related work experience or research at graduate schools, etc. However, overlaps among periods of study, work, and research shall not be counted multiple times. In addition, any question with regard to the handling of professional experience periods prior to university admission or studying at multiple universities shall be resolved by the Education Committee.
c) Applicants must reach a total of 80 points or more as per the attached table for eligibility criteria for admission to the certification examination.
d) Applicants who do not satisfy any of the above criteria may also be granted eligibility for admission to the examination if specially permitted by the President.
(4) As a general rule, the certification examination shall be administered annually and be a written test.
(5) The examination fee shall be ¥30,000.
(6) Detailed regulations on reviewing eligibility and conducting the examination shall be laid down separately.

4. Certification

(1) Persons who have passed the certification examination must pay the certification fee to receive certification. The certification fee shall be ¥20,000.
(2) The certification as a Diplomate of JSOT may be revoked if inadequacies are found.

5. Recertification

Diplomates shall be recertified every 5 years after the certification. Detailed regulations on recertification shall be laid down separately.

6. Emeritus Diplomate

Persons who meet requirements laid down separately in detailed regulations shall be recognized as Emeritus Diplomate of JSOT.

7. Miscellaneous Regulation

Revisions of these regulations shall be discussed at the Education Committee and be approved by the Board of Directors of JSOT.

Additional Rule
These regulations revised on February 23, 2015 will come into force on the same day.

(Appendix) Eligibility Criteria for Admission to Certification Examination for Diplomate of JSOT

ArticleToxicology-related articles2)10(5)/article
Academic activityJSOT annual meeting

Annual meeting3) of toxicology-related academic society

Educational lecture, etc.JSOT fundamental education course

Lecture4), etc. sponsored or authorized by JSOT

1) The first author or corresponding author shall receive 10 points. Otherwise, authors of joint publications shall receive 5 points.
2) Journals shall be limited to those having a peer-review system.
3) IUTOX International Congress of Toxicology (ICT), ASIATOX regular general meeting, SOT annual meeting, EUROTOX annual meeting, Japanese Safety Pharmacology Society, The Japanese Society for Hygiene, The Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society, Japan Society for Occupational Health, The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science, Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science, The Japanese Association of Pharmaceutical Medicine, The Japanese Teratology Society, Japanese Society for Clinical Toxicology, Japanese Society of Toxicologic Pathology, Japan Society of Endocrine Disruptors Research, The Japanese Society of Immunotoxicology, The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, The Japanese Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, The Japanese Pharmacological Society
4) JSOT continuing education course, etc.