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Course content

The course is an introduction to general principles in toxicological risk assessment, both ecotoxicology and human toxicology. The practical use of these principles for protection of the environment and humans will be in focus. The risk assessment principles are well standardized internationally, and in the course, the OECD test protocols and EU's technical guidance system will be elucidated. In addition to lectures on the interaction between toxicology and the society, the students will do practical data exercises of risk assessment, and will present this and project to the other students.

Learning outcome

After finishing the course, you will:

  • have knowledge on general principles for risk assessment in both human and ecotoxicology.
  • have knowledge on national and international principles for the assessment, test protocols and legislation
  • have knowledge on data bases for data used in the risk assessment and how these are used
  • be able to gather information on toxicological risk assessment and communicate to fellow students
  • have expereince in planning and conducting a lecture on a given topic for fellow students


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Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses


First lecture is mandatory. If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to, before the first lecture.

The teaching consists of Lectures (not mandatory) – 45 t, For PhD-students: own mandatory lecture – 1 t, mandatory data lab – 3 t, mandatory presentation of data lab report – 2 t, mandatory group project presentation – 4 t and discussion group (not mandatory) – 6 t


All mandatory tasks must be approved before you can take the exam. Final written exam (3 hours).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

BIO4530 – Regulatory Toxicology (discontinued) , BIO9530 – Regulatory Toxicology (discontinued), BIOS5410 – Regulatory Toxicology     

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)