OECD QSAR Toolbox trainings

Training by the developers
Training with us, you are training with the very best because we are the developers of QSAR
When you train with us, you get the full benefit to learn from the creators of the system. There are no questions without answers. We know what an assessment will look for - so we train you to meet it. We know the thinking behind the hazard assessment of chemicals - so we can convey that to drive and inspire you. We have a team of expert tutors working across the science and they will transfer the knowledge and skills you need.

After this course
Our team of tutors has vast amounts of training and assessment experience, and knows best the functionalities of the Toolbox. After this course, you will be able to interact with the system by asking questions, interpreting its answers, creating new knowledge and justifying your solutions based on its functionalities.

You will become expert in:
• Input: including input of a target chemical, definition of the target endpoint, intelligent search in inventories and databases;
• Profiling: including understanding what you could expect from your chemical as a parent or as a result of metabolic activation, its chemical mechanism of interaction, its physiological mode of action, how to computerize your own knowledge and disseminate it with your
• Data: including how to collect data from public databases, units and scale conversion, create your own custom database and share it with your colleagues, exchange data with IUCLID6
• Category definition : including building a category of structurally or mechanistically similar chemicals with emphasis on the metabolism, clustering or combining chemical lists, assessment of the category consistency with respect to a target endpoint
• Data Gap Filling: how and when to use read across, trend analysis, and QSAR, smart sub-categorization, outliers justification, meaning and interpretation of numbers, filtering by test conditions, predictions by external QSAR models, building of own (Q)SAR models, endpoint vs endpoint analysis
• Report: including building standard prediction report, report in accordance with specific RAAF (Read-Across Assessment Framework) scenario, report for the consistency of a
chemical category or report for the information of the data matrix, exporting chemicals and/or data from Toolbox
• And more: ”unlocking” of ECHA REACH database in Toolbox, installation of external
modules (QSAR models, profilers, etc) to Toolbox

You will be able to address critical questions related to:
• Alert performance : What is Alert performance? How the Alert performance could be of help in searching of analogues? How to define a category taking into account the performance of alerts identified after metabolic activation?
• Metabolism: How to simulate the (a)biotic metabolites of your target chemical(s)? How to use the metabolic information for searching of analogues? How to identify a positive metabolite? How to use data of a metabolite to predict the parent (i.e. target chemical)? How to search for precursors of target chemical (i.e. chemicals, which as a result of metabolism produce your target chemical as a metabolite)?
• Higher tier endpoints: How to predict higher tier endpoints using analogues searching schemes with included metabolic simulator(s) and subsequent screening of the generated metabolites by custom-created profiler?
• RAAF: What is RAAF? How to build a report in accordance with RAAF? What type of
information you could use for building a RAAF report?
and many other questions important for you.

Training courses

As developers of OECD QSAR Toolbox, we know that the duration of the training sessions should be enough, given the complexity of the system and increasing number of available functionalities. Thus, we have tried to offer you two types of trainings – virtual and hands-on, depending on your need and preferences. The timeframes of the trainings are compliant with the mandatory items that should be covered, diversity of issues and case studies that will be addressed and different time zones of the participants. Based on our experience, trainings with shorter duration would underestimate the usefulness of OECD QSAR Toolbox.

The agendas for both types of training (virtual and hands-on) contain the same items, but organized in different ways in order to comply the timeframes of the sessions.

1. Virtual Training

If you want to become familiar with the basic functionalities of OECD QSAR Toolbox or to become a proficient user using the advanced functionalities of the system, while staying at home, then the Virtual Training is the most convenient and cost-effective to you (or your organization). You have the opportunity for a greater flexibility, effective time management and comfort of your (home)office.

Two level training courses are available*:
• Basic (download the basic course agenda) – two subsequent days
• Advanced (download the advanced course agenda) – four subsequent days

The training sessions take 5 hours per day trying to facilitate participation from different time zones.

The virtual OECD QSAR Toolbox trainings are in:

• March 2021:
◦ Basic training: 18 – 19 March (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CET)
◦ Advanced training: 22 – 25 March (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CET)

• April 2021:
◦ Basic training: 08 – 09 April (7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CET)
◦ Advanced training: 12 – 15 April (7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CET)

Each of the attendance will get a course certificate.


2. Hands-on training courses

Regular annual hands-on training take place in one week (Monday to Friday) twice every year in one of the famous European sites. Barcelona, cherishing the soul of Columbus, Gaudi, Picasso and Dali will accommodate you for two level training and a practicum day where your problematic chemicals could become your training exercises because our motto is "learning by doing."

• Basic* (download the basic course agenda) – two days
• Advanced (download the advanced course agenda) – two days
• Practicum – one day

The course fee includes lunch and training materials. Travel expenses and accommodation during the training course are not included.

The training sessions take 8 hours per day for one working week.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it is anticipated the next hands-on course to be held in October/November 2021. The specific date will be indicated later in 2021.
BASIC TRAINING*: Autumn, 2021, Barcelona, Spain
ADVANCED PRACTICAL TRAINING: Autumn 2021, Barcelona, Spain

Each of the attendance will get a course certificate.


Virtual training:

• Basic: 907.50€ for industry trainees and 726€ for government and university trainees
• Advance: 1815€ for industry trainees and 1452€ for government and university trainees.

Hands-on training:
• Basic: 1815€ for industry trainees and 1452€ for government and university trainees
• Advance: 2722.50€ for industry trainees and 2178€ for government and university trainees.

All fees include 21% VAT

How to attend training

The training courses (virtual and hands-on) are organized by REACH Monitor and the International QSAR foundation.
More details on and registration for training courses (virtual or regular annual courses), please see the information available at Reach Monitor or contact Gemma Falcó (gfalco@reachmonitor.org).

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