Chemicals are ubiquitous in our society, with major sources in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and consumer products, and new chemical entities are being constantly developed. There is a great need for an effective way of assessing whether these chemicals, despite purported benefits, may harm humans and the environment.
The Swedish Government and Parliament have adopted various environmental quality objectives and one of them is a Non-toxic Environment. The objective is that by 2020 the prerequisites for protecting human health and the environment from harmful chemicals will be in place.
Innovative interdisciplinary research
Swetox has been created in order to further improve Sweden’s ability to meet society’s need for safe chemicals and a non-toxic environment.
The work of Swetox is a unique collaboration between eleven Swedish universities. We also aim to establish strong international relationships and collaborations.
Swetox will conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, fundamental research, applied research and commissioned research, as well as developing new and coordinating existing educational activities. There will be skills and equipment to work integrated with computer models, cell-based systems and animal testing, in order to better understand the impact of chemicals on humans and other organisms.
The broad operations and new forms of collaboration, nationally and internationally, will contribute to developing research in toxicological sciences,
An important focus in the research is to develop new knowledge and methods and to assess the safety of all types of chemicals, irrespective of their source or chemical class, such as endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials.
Swetox is among the first research centers that work based on the 3M and 3R principles from its conception. At Swetox there will also be a national research school dedicated to developing new research training programs and coordinating existing efforts in research education in the area.
Swetox Södertälje, the hub of the center, will conduct research in a modern facility within Biovation Park on the outskirts of Södertälje.