The International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology (IATP) was established in 1999. The
purpose of IATP is to recognize and accredit highly accomplished toxicologic pathologists from
all regions of the globe, who provide scientific leadership and innovation in toxicologic pathology
for the benefit to society and their profession. Fellows of the IATP are selected from highly
competent, broadly experienced pathologists, whose contributions have significantly enhanced the
world’s knowledge of toxicology and the application of that knowledge to enhanced public safety.
The peer-review process, a venerable procedure available to scientists to evaluate professional
colleagues, is used to accredit these renowned scientists.
The founding Board of Directors consisted of Dr. Leander Tryphonas as Chairman, Dr. Michael
Iatropoulos as Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Jerry Frantz as North American Representative, Dr.
Chirukandath Gopinath, as European Representative, and Dr. Nobuyuki Ito, as Japanese
Representative. The current Board of Directors consists of Reid Patterson, D.V.M., Ph.D.,
Chairman; Michael Iatropoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer; Jerry Hardisty, D.V.M., North
American Representative; Peter F. Wadsworth, DVM,, Ph.D., European Representative; and
Shoji Fukushima, M.D., Ph.D., Japanese Representative.
The IATP will base its accreditation on formal training in pathology, demonstrated achievement,
proven ability, continuing practice, and experience. Those designated a "Fellow" of IATP are
judged to be scientists who have achieved expert status in the practice of toxicologic pathology.
A Fellow is an individual involved in the description and interpretation of the processes of
pathology as they pertain to changes elicited by chemical, biological or physical agents in nonclinical
laboratory safety assessment studies. Data from these studies contribute to the assessment
of risk to public health from exposure to these agents.
To be eligible for accreditation, toxicologic pathologists must have the knowledge, experience,
and understanding to engage in (1) research resulting in characterization of the pathogenesis
involved in toxicologic responses; (2) the interpretation of data describing toxic effects in
experimental test systems or humans from exposure to toxic agents; (3) the evaluation of the
hazards of these agents to humans and the environment; and (4) the application of toxicologic
data for the improvement of health and the environment.
Candidates for accreditation must have broad knowledge of toxicologic pathology and
demonstrate substantive involvement in toxicologic pathology activities. These activities include
experimental design, collection, analyses, evaluation, interpretation and/or review of data.
Accreditation is a rigorous process that will culminate in recognition by peers that adequate
mastery of the profession has been met.
The criteria for accreditation in toxicologic pathology as Fellow by the IATP arise from the
professional’s (1) Education and Training, (2) Professional Experience, and (3) Demonstration of
Scientific Judgment and Recognition. Components comprising each criterion for accreditation
have been assigned point values. Procedures have been established to ensure appropriate
distribution of points within and among the criteria. For example, each component has a
maximum allowable value, as does each criterion. There are 100 allowable points; 67 are required
for accreditation. Details for the points assigned to each criterion will be available with the
The IATP has an independent Accreditation Committee consisting of nine members—three from
Europe, Asia, and North America. The mission of this committee is to review applications and
credentials submitted by candidates to determine their eligibility for accreditation. Any
recommendation for accreditation is forwarded by the committee to the Board of Directors for
Quality of professional activities is evaluated for each applicant, but accreditation is rarely
awarded to applicants with fewer than 5 years of experience.
The I.A.T.P. may bestow upon select toxicologic pathologists with uniquely distinguished careers
the title of Honorary Fellow of the I.A.T.P., without formal application or fees. These Fellows
must be approved by the Accreditation Committee and the Board of Directors. Honorary Fellows
shall have all the rights of other Fellows, but cannot hold office. They remain Honorary Fellows
throughout life, without fee, as long as they remain in good standing in the profession.
Application fees for accreditation are
US $200 for industry and
US $150 for academia and government employees.
Annual dues are US $100.
Applications can be requested from:
Michael J. Iatropoulos, M.D., Ph.D.,
Completed applications should be submitted to the same IATP address throughout the year.
Secretary/Treasurer of the Board
International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology
New York Medical College
Department of Pathology
Basic Science Building
Valhalla, N.Y. 10595
Applications should be in English.
Informational Brochure Updated September, 2003