College of American Pathologists

  Toxicology Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To define and monitor the state of the art and emerging technologies in toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring; to contribute to the development, maintenance, and enhancement of effective CAP proficiency testing and laboratory accreditation programs, to provide information and expertise in toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring and related areas to the College and its members; to develop and promote continuing education opportunities for members of the College and laboratories participating in CAP proficiency programs; to assist the College in providing accurate information to regulatory and other government agencies; to advocate best practices and evidence-based medicine; and to maintain liaisons, where appropriate, with other organizations concerned with toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: Three 2-day meetings
Typical meeting days of the week: Saturday and Sunday

Number of conference calls: 2

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 30+ hours
Vice Chair: 45+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

Chair to attend CSA leadership meetings (twice yearly).

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • The committee develops specifications for toxicology products. Products range from urine and serum screening and confirmatory testing, and single analyte products
  • Data are reviewed for these toxicology proficiency testing programs, grading is established and critiques are developed
  • Substantive support is provided for the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Interest in promoting pathology as a specialty, and of toxicology
  • Good working knowledge of clinical toxicology

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Opportunity to interact with experts in the field of toxicology
  • Opportunity to help develop the state of the art through the CAP Laboratory Improvement Programs and lead in the field of Toxicology testing

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • Inbound liaisons from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry

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