Through the collaboration of the Society of Toxicology (USA) and the European Society of Toxicology, the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX) was established in 1980 with the goal of fostering international cooperation in the field of toxicology. The IUTOX, which was initially formed by eight national toxicology organizations, now includes more than 40 member societies from around the world. The IUTOX is a membership organization of toxicology professionals and functions to facilitate cooperation between toxicology societies.

TABLE 131-2. Examples of Open Access Web Sites That Provide Toxicology Information

1.  The International Programme for Chemical Safety (WHO) http:// Www. who. int/ipcs/en/

2.  International Union of Toxicology http://www. iutox. org/index. asp

3.  The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology http://www. clintox. org/

4.  TOXNET, National Library of Medicine (USA) http://toxnet. nlm. nih. gov/

5.  The Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres (Canada) http:// Www. uoguelph. ca/cntc/

6.  VIASALUS Toxicology, in Spanish and Catalan (Spain) http://www. viasalus. com/ Vs/B2P/cn/toxi/index. jsp

7.  Centers for Disease Control (USA) http://www. cdc. gov/

8.  YellowTox (WHO), a global directory of toxicologists http://www. who. int/ipcs/ Poisons/centre/directory/en/

The International Programme for Chemical Safety (IPCS) provides extensive information via the World Wide Web and numerous publications. The IPCS is supported by the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organisation, and the United Nations Environment Programme, with many national organizations contributing useful information and resources. The Poisons Information Monographs provide extensive peer-reviewed information on chemicals, pharmaceuticals, poisonous plants, and poisonous and venomous animals. Although this information is not specifically evidence based, this internationally reviewed document represents consensus opinion from poison control centers around the world. The IPCS materials are available in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Table 131-2 lists public access websites that provide toxicology information.

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