Regulation on Board Certification System
Japanese Society of Toxicologic Pathology

Established on December 8, 1993
Revised on January 28, 1995
Revised on January 24, 2003
Revised on January 26, 2006
Revised on February 6, 2008
Revised on February 4, 2010
Revised on January 26, 2018
Revised on February 12, 2020
Revised on January 29, 2021

  1. Purpose: Under circumstances where there is increasing importance in assuring the quality of pathologic evaluation in studies conducted in accordance with Good Laboratory Practices for toxicity studies with chemical substances, etc., the Japanese Society of Toxicologic Pathology (JSTP) has established a Board Certification System of Diplomate of JSTP (DJSTP) to certify high qualified toxicologic pathologists, and to improve quality assurance with pathology review of toxicity studies conducted in Japan, and to contribute to the progress of toxicologic pathology.
  2. Board Certification Committee:
    1. (1) JSTP establishes a Board Certification Committee (BCC) to manage the board certification system.
    2. (2) The President of the JSTP Board of Directors assigns the Chairperson of the BCC among the board members, and obtains the approval of the Board. Further, except for the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson, the names of the board members will not be officially announced.
    3. (3) The Chairperson of the BCC nominates the BCC members from other Board of Directors or the Councilors, and obtains the approved of the Board.
    4. (4) The BCC holds the Certification Examination to certify DJSTP, as well as to review and approve renewal of certification of DJSTP.
    5. (5) The term of the Chairperson and the BCC members is 3 years. The members, however, can be reappointed at the time of reelection, for up to 2 consecutive terms in principle.
  3. Certification Examination
    1. (1) Candidates of the DJSTP must meet the eligibility requirements for admission for the Certification Examination, and pass the examination.
    2. (2) The BCC reviews the eligibility requirements, evaluates the Certification Examination, and determines pass/failure of the examinees, the results of which are reported and approved by the Board of Directors.
    3. (3) The criteria of eligibility requirements are as follows:
      1. a) Full JSTP member at the time of application with more than 3-year history (continuously or in total) of membership;
      2. b) A total score of 80 points or more according to the score criteria described in the attached table;
      3. c) Record of participation in JSTP activities, seminars, and publications; and
      4. d) When eligibility requirements for the Certification Examination are confirmed based on submitted document, the eligibility for admission to the examination shall be valid for 3 years thereafter, including the year when eligibility was confirmed, and for a period of 2 years the resubmission of the "Self-Evaluation of Eligibility Requirements" form and the attachments to the application is waived for retesting.
    4. (4) The Certification Examination is composed of a written examination, test of practical skills in macroscopic and microscopic diagnoses, and other evaluations as required.
    5. (5) The examination fee is JPY 30,000.
  4. Accreditation
    1. (1) Successful candidates shall pay the accreditation fee to be certified as DJSTPs. The accreditation fee is JPY 20,000.
    2. (2) In principle, the term of certification is for five years from the issuance of the certificate. Recertification is reviewed and approved by the BCC according to the rules and requirements specified separately.
    3. (3) JSTP may revoke the certification of a DJSTP, if situations occur where the DJSTP does not meet the DJSTP qualifications.
  5. Miscellaneous
    Revisions of this Board Certification System are to be discussed and approved by the JSTP Board.

Rules and Requirements for Recertification of Board Certification Toxicologic Pathologist, Japanese Society of Toxicologic Pathology

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