toxicity has emerged as an area of great concern worldwide.
The present pattern of economic development has caused
many countries to shift from an agricultural base towards
industrialization. This has been accompanied by increasing
use of chemicals and deterioration of environmental
conditions through the release of hazardous wastes that
eventually affect human health.
has recognized an imperative urgency to solve these
emerging problems resulting from the use of chemicals
as well as to plan for future prevention. Since its
establishment in 1987, the Institute has concentrated
its efforts on applying scientific knowledge acquired
through research and development to prevent the negative
effects of chemicals. As a consequence of continuous
effort in research, development of human resources,
and dissemination of information, the International
Centre for Environmental and Industrial Toxicology (ICEIT)
has been established as a specialized center to operate
and coordinate academic and research activities in the
area of environmental toxicology and technology, including
biotechnology to protect the environment and human health.
At the same time, the center promotes and develops an
awareness of environmental toxicology in all sectors
of the population; government, the private sector and
the general public.
ICEIT was designated "UNEP Centre of Excellence
in Environmental and Industrial Toxicology" by
the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1990,
in recognition of the outstanding activities that it
Since its establishment, the program has received support
continuously from various sources such as UNDP, the
Royal Thai Governmentís Department of Technical and
Economic Cooperation, Asian Development Bank, United
Nations Environment Programme and ASEAN Foundation.
In 2005, as a result of collaboration
between CRI and World Health Organization in the area
of Health and Environment within the region (SEARO,
WPRO), CRI was designated WHO Collaborating
Centre for Capacity Building and Research in Environmental
Health Science and Toxicology. The name ICEIT has now been
changed to International Centre for Environmental
Health and Toxicology (ICEHT) in line with
the centerís broader mission.
INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES :
The Deutsches Krebforschungzentrum (DKFZ), Germany
GSF-National Research Center for Environment and
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC),
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas,
The United Nations University
University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.