The origins of EUROTOX, Federation of national societies of Toxicology in Europe, are dating from 1962 with the foundation of the European Society for the Study of Drug Toxicity in Zurich. This was a newly formed society and in the first annual meeting in 1963 in Paris the Statues of the society were adopted. In the course of next several years, the Society extended their interest into other fields than drug toxicology. As a result, in 1974 the name was changed into European Society of Toxicology (EST).
EST was growing rapidly in the late 70's and early 80's. At the EST congress in Kuopio in 1985, 14 national societies of toxicology and EST founded the Federation of European Societies of Toxicology (FEST). These 14 national societies merging with EST were Finland, France, the German Federal Republic, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Since now there were two almost identical societies, EST decided to change their Statutes and their name into EUROTOX. EST and FEST thus merged in 1898 at the IUTOX Congress in Brighton. Very soon Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Serbia joined EUROTEX.
EUROTOX have approximately 7000 members and more than 200 individual members coming from 50 countries.
The mission of EURTOX is to introduce and scientifically and educationally promote toxicology in all European countries. It is done by organizing a scientific congress, workshops and postgraduate training courses on early basis. Furthermore, EUROTOX is also building collaborations with other biomedical disciplines and professional societies with the aim to be more visible and have more impact on public health. It is also encouraging leadership development and networking of toxicologists and biomedical scientist with the final goal to make EUROTOX and international forum for the global human and environmental health issues. Since this discipline is being gradually reduced in many universities in Europe, EUROTOX Executive Committee recently published and sent to universities, institutes and regulatory bodies in Europe a position statement paper where they pointed out the consequences which this trend may bring about.
In 1994 EUROTOX has established the European Register of Toxicologists in order to more easily coordinate toxicology education and training. In addition, every year EUROTOX honors a distinguished European toxicologist by its Merit Award. Early Career Award is awarded annually for the best poster presentation at the EUROTOX Congress to one young toxicologist. EUROTOX features speciality sections for Molecular Toxicology, Immunotoxicology, Carcinogenesis and Eurotox Risk Assessment Speciality Section (ERRAS), and is working on their revision and operational guidelines in order to make them more effective.
EUROTOX annual Congress is one of the most important toxicology meetings in Europe, and over years it has become a highly relevant event in the world. Every year there are more and more attendees boosting the popularity and improving the quality of the event. In the last EUROTOX Congress which took place in Seville, 4th-7th September 2016, there were more than 1000 participants, 932 posters and 58 exhibitors.