26 No. 2
Glossary for Chemists of Terms Used in Toxicology—Revision and Updating
Toxicology is a subject area dependent on good chemistry and that influences chemistry through its impact on legislation for chemical safety. For the development of both, it is essential that toxicologists should be able to communicate with chemists and that there should be a clear, common understanding of the meanings of key terms. This was recognized in 1993 when IUPAC published a “Glossary for Chemists of Terms Used in Toxicology” as an official recommendation in Pure and Applied Chemistry, and prepared for publication by J. H. Duffus.
The glossary was widely recognized as authoritative. In fact, it was adopted by the U. S. National Institutes of Health as the glossary for its TOXNET Web site. Since this Web site is now being updated, J. H. Duffus was asked if the existing glossary could be revised and brought up to date so that it could be incorporated into a new educational part of the site. Revision is necessary since toxicology has developed considerably in the 11 years since the glossary was first published. Already the need for a current glossary in toxicokinetics has been recognized by IUPAC in another project (project number #2000-034-2-700), which also be involved in the revision. It is proposed, as before, to seek input widely from international authorities, including the International Union of Toxicology. It is envisaged that the glossary in its revised version will cover all key terms relevant to toxicology in one source document making for ease of use. The terminology of risk assessment will also be included since application of toxicology in risk assessment is one of its most important uses.
For more information, contact the Task Group Chairman John H. Duffus<firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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