Società Italiana di Tossicologia
Via Giovanni Pascoli, 3
20129, Milano
C.F. 96330980580
P.I. 06792491000
T. 02-29520311

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The Society

The Italian Society of Toxicology (SITOX) is a non-profit scientific association representing around 500 members working at University, Industry, Authority, government Agency and public and private Hospital. The goals of SITOX are:

  • To promote the toxicological sciences in Italy and abroad
  • To promote training and updating of toxicologists
  • To share the use of scientific and cultural toxicological skills with the public and private health Istitutions
  • To improve the reliability and credit of toxicologists’ opinion in the society
  • To develop partnership with other scientific organizations and public authorities
  • To organize and manage national and international conferences, meetings, educational campaign, workshops
  • To publish and disseminate periodic journals and publications
  • To recognize and supervise, through the RENTIC, certificated toxicologists as expert working in the multidisciplinary toxicological field
  • To preserve the ethical, professional, cultural and legal aspects of members.

SITOX is a member of the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX) and of the Federation of European Toxicologists & European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX). It promotes the development of toxicological science in training, research and applied (clinical and regulatory) field.

SITOX is involved in the following main topics: risk assessment for human health associated with exposure to chemicals; food, feed, nutraceuticals and consumer products safety, environmental contaminations, the REACH Regulation, toxicogenetics and pharmacogenetics, endocrine disruptors, safety of pharmaceuticals and advanced therapies and biological products, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic intoxications, drug addiction and syndrome surveillance systems implementations, toxicological emergencies.

The Italian Society of Toxicology is the third Society in Europe for activities and members.

SITOX has established some working tables (to which stakeholders are invited to participate) and scientific groups in order to produce advices and documents about the safety and the correct and sustainable use of chemicals.

SITOX Working Tables on safety

  • Drugs
  • Pesticides
  • Cosmetics
  • Botanicals
  • Food

SITOX Scientific Groups

  • Clinical and analytical toxicology
  • Xenobiotics biotransformation
  • Natural toxins

Executive Committee
Corrado Lodovico Galli
University of Milan

Prof. Galli's professional studies and career have dynamically contributed both nationally and internationally to the promotion, continuous development and use of risk assessment using a robust scientific approach and strongly supporting the use of mechanistic toxicology to improve the risk assessment process. Developing an original research program with emphasis on molecular and cellular mechanism for toxicity, including in vitro toxicology, Prof. Galli has assisted numerous students and professionals in the field by demonstrating how chemicals exposure cause adverse effects under various situations and in certain populations. Prof. Galli is author of more than 200 publications, and a member of numerous national and international scientific committees

President Elect
Orazio Cantoni
University of Urbino

Professore Ordinario di Farmacologia, attualmente il Prof Cantoni è direttore del Dipartimento di Scienze Biomolecolari dell’Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”. Dal 2016 ad oggi ricopre la carica di Prorettore alla Ricerca. Dal 2018 è Presidente Eletto della Società Italiana di Tossicologia. Il Prof. Cantoni ha ricevuto diversi premi, tra cui quelli dell'"Associazione Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori" (1985), della "Fondazione Assicurazioni Generali" (1986), "Menzione di merito" della Commissione giudicatrice della Società Italiana di Farmacologia del "Premio Benedicenti" (1988) e, nel 1990, il "Premio Benedicenti" della Società Italiana di Farmacologia.

Past President
Patrizia Hrelia
Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna

Patrizia Hrelia, Professor (Academic discipline: BIO/14 Pharmacology), Coordinator of PhD Programme of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Human Development and Movement Sciences, Director of Single Cycle Degree of Pharmacy at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. Director of the post-graduate School in Toxicology (2003-2005). Head of the Department of Pharmacology (2009-2012). President of the Italian Society of Toxicology (2015-2018). Member of the italian Committee for the Codex Alimentarius. Academic of the Accademia Nazionale dell’Agricoltura. European registered Toxicologist (ERT). The research task is to identify new preventive strategies for the reduction of risk factors associated to chronic degenerative diseases, such as cancer and neurodegeneration. Her name is associated with original and significant contribution to the development of methods based on biomarker analysis to improve assessment of human early biological response, susceptibility and risk.

Francesca Maffei
Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna

Francesca Maffei is an established Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Department for Life Quality Studies, School of  Pharmacocy, Biotechnology and Sport Science, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna (2012-present). Doctor in Biological Science, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1987). Post-graduated Degree in Toxicology, University of Bologna (1991). Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology (1997). Visiting Researcher at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Environmental Medicine at Stockolm, Sweden (1995, 1996). 1998-2011, Assistant Professor of Toxicology at the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna.

Guido Mannaioni
Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi, Florence

Guido Mannaioni ha conseguito la laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia nel 1991, la specializzazione in Farmacologia nel 1997 e il dottorato di ricerca in Farmacologia e Tossicologia nel 2001 presso l’Università degli Studi di Firenze. Ha ricoperto il ruolo di postdoctoral fellow e quindi di Instructor in Pharmacology presso il Dipartimento di Farmacologia della Emory University School of Medicine (U.S.A.) dal 1999 al 2004. Dal 2015 è Direttore della Scuola di Specializzazione in Farmacologia e Tossicologia Clinica dell’Università degli Studi di Firenze e dal 2018 è Direttore della Struttura Ospedaliera di Tossicologia Medica e Centro Antiveleni presso l’Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi a Firenze.

Angelo Moretto
University of Milan

1974-1981: Medical School at the University of Padua. Degree of Doctor of Medicine (Honour)
1981-1985: Postgraduate School in Occupational Medicine, University of Padua. Diploma of Specialist in Occupational Medicine obtained in December 1986
1983-1987: Ph.D. in Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene.

2006 (November) - present: Associate professor, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, University of Milan.
2006 (November) - present: Director, International Center for Pesticides anf Health Risks Prevention, “Luigi Sacco” Hospital, Milan, Italy

The main focus of toxicological research was the study of pathogenesis and mechanisms of organophosphate induced-delayed polyneuropathy. During these studies a new phenomenon was described, promotion of axonopathies. Beside the delayed polyneuropathy, studies have been conducted on cholinergic toxicity & the metabolism of organophosphates. Also the problem of other toxic neuropathies were studied and the neurotoxic profile of some pesticides was defined. Recently became interested in developmental toxicity, and combined exposures.

Michele Navarra
University of Messina

Associate professor in Pharmacology at the Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina (Italy). Member of Ethics Committee of Messina. Member of the Executive Board of the Italian Society of Toxicology (SITOX).

Degree in Pharmacy at the University of Messina (Italy), summa cum laude. Specialist Diploma in Pharmacognosy at the University of Messina (Italy), with the highest marks.

Emanuela Testai
Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Degree: University of Pisa- Laurea summa cum laude in Biological Sciences (bichemical branch)
1979-1981 ungraduated student at Istituto di Mutagenesi e differenziamento CNR- Pisa
1982-1984 Researcher fellow at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) Roma
1985-today ISS as part of the permanent staff 
Type of business or Sector : Research and regulatory activities in the field of Toxicokinetics, Toxicology and Human Health Risk Assessment associated to exposure to natural and synthetic environmental pollutants.
Occupation or position held: Present Position : Senior executive scientist (since 2007) and Head of the Mechanism of Toxicity Unit Department for Environment and Primary Prevention (since 2009).
Previous position : researcher (1994-2007); young researcher (1985-1994); research fellow (1982-1985) - Responsible for the Biochemical Toxicology Unit (Toxicology and Ecotoxicology Lab) (2001-2004)

Sarah Vecchio
Ser.D. – Patologia delle dipendenze, ASL Biella

Si occupa di tossicologia clinica con particolare attenzione al mondo delle dipendenze e al setting della tossicologia d'urgenza, in ambito sia di presa in carico, diagnosi e trattamento di pazienti affetti da patologia da causa tossica, sia di formazione rivolta a personale sanitario e non. Autrice di numerose pubblicazioni scientifiche, ha partecipato a workshop internazionali e collabora dell'organizzazione di numerosi congressi scientifici.

Barbara Viviani
University of Milan

Doctor in Biological Sciences, University of Milan, (1989): PhD in Experimental Medicine, University of Milan (1994).

Current Position: AssociateProfessor of Pharmacology, University of Milano, Head of the Laboratory of Neurotoxicology. 2017-2020: Chair of the Bachelor Scienze e Sicurezza ChimicoTossicologiche dell'Ambiente (Chemical and Toxicological Sciences for Environmental Safety)
2014-2018: Scientific Expert and Rapporteur for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 2004 – 2006: Research assistant at the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, University of Milan, supported by a fellowship from the Nutrition Foundation of Italy for a study on molecular mechanisms of neuroinflammation and impact on neuronal survival.


Toxicologist Certification

RENTIC - National Register of Italian Certified Toxicologists

Inclusion in the National Register of Italian Certified Toxicologists (RENTIC) aims to recognize high standards of knowledge, skills, experience, and professional standing of scientists engaged in the field of Toxicology.

A European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) is a toxicologist who meets specific requirements in education as well as professional skills and has experience in toxicology and applied toxicology.

RENTIC members are "Certified Toxicologists" and they are automatically inserted in the European Register, set up at EUROTOX, and they could use the abbreviation "ERT" - European Registered Toxicologist. The registration is valid for a five-year period after which, to reimain enrolled, it is necessary to provide a request of re-registration.

What are the RENTIC objectives?

  • to recognize expert scientists actively engaged in the multidisciplinary field of Toxicology;
  • to guarantee that Certified Toxicologists maintain high standards of professional expertise;
  • to ensure that the classification "Certified Toxicologists" should be restricted to those who have satisfied the Commision for their competence and professional experience.

For more information, please download the Guidelines or contact RENTIC Organizing Secretariat:

To consult the EUROTOX Guidelines for registration:

At the page "Certificazione del Tossicologo" you cand find the application form for registration and re-registration.

Discover more
SITOX - AICQ SICEV Certification

Institution of a Certification Scheme for the Toxicologist.

The Italian Society of Toxiclogy (SITOX) in collaboration with AICQ SICEV, the most important Italian People's Certification organism, is starting a new Certification Scheme to recognize the profession of Toxicologists, that subsequently it will be subjected to ACCREDIA accreditation, according with International Standard ISO/IEC 17024.

The documentation will be available soon.

For more information, please contact the SITOX Organizing Secretariat at:

ECM Course
11 November 2019 - 13 November 2019
Pavia - ICS Maugeri Spa SB - IRCCS

Clinical Toxicology, Substances of Abuse and Chemical Emergencies



11 November 2019 - 13 November 2019
ROMA - Grand Hotel Palatino


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18 November 2019 - 22 November 2019
Solna - IMM Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet
Novel methods and approaches in health risk assessment

The course is organised by the Advanced International Training Programme in Health Risk Assessment at IMM in colla...

11 February 2020 - 12 February 2020
Bologna - Hotel Savoia Regency
19° Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Tossicologia

Paracelso nel XXI secolo: «Dosis sola facit, ut venenum non fit»

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