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Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry Branch in Pszczyna – the leading R&D centre in a

Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry Branch in Pszczyna – the leading R&D centre in a field of toxicological studies

Publish date: 2013-01-14

The issue of adverse xenobiotic impact on the environment is a hot topic for public opinion nowadays. The mechanisms, in which toxic substances affect living organism, are the subject of intensive research worldwide. In Poland, one of the establishments operating in the field of toxicological and ecotoxicological studies is the Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry Branch in Pszczyna (IPO Branch Pszczyna)

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About the institute, its mission and challenges facing IPO Branch Pszczyna we talk with Director of the facility - Dr. Przemysław Fochtman

Building of the Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry Branch in Pszczyna

What are the toxicology and ecotoxicology?

Toxicology is an interdisciplinary science concerned with adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. The main idea behind it is to detect and investigate the mechanisms of xenobiotics actions in order to assess the level of potential risks for human and animals health and to develop methods for effective treatment, prevention and recognition techniques of the toxicity. Whereas, ecotoxicology uses the principles of traditional toxicology in studies of xenobiotics impact on natural biological systems (ecosystems), and put emphasis on populations of organisms and interactions on particular trophic levels rather than on individuals of given species. The mainobjective ofecotoxicologyis to analyzethe risks ofhuman activitiesin the environmenta priori, as opposed to thetraditionalecology, which notices changes inecosystemspost factum.

Sampling of soil microorganisms


What is the purpose of such researches in Poland?

By joining the European Union, Poland has agreed on a European Neighbourhood Policy aiming at bringing member states closer to their mutual benefits and interest, and thus introducing common laws and social norms among  countries. One of them is so called REACH regulation, which concerns about the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances. Its goal is to ensure high level of human health and environment  protection through better and quicker identification of the adverse properties of chemical substances. At the same time, REACH enhances innovation of the EU chemicals industry by replacing the potentially dangerous chemicals with more ecologically friendly alternatives. Similar unified rules apply to, e.g. pesticides, veterinary medicinal or biocidal products.

What distinguishes Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry Branch Pszczyna from others?

IPO Branch Pszczyna  is the R&D centre in the field of toxicological and ecotoxicological studies of more than 65-year tradition on local market also cooperating with companies from Europe, USA, Japan, Australia and other OECD member countries. It specializes in conducting comprehensive toxicological and ecotoxicological studies in accordance with international, recognized research methods (e.g. OECD, ISO, EMA, US EPA and others). The wide range of services offered in IPO Branch Pszczyna includes tests for plant protection and pharmaceutical products, food and feed additives, biocides or industrial wastes. Moreover, all of offered services are of the highest quality level, which is documented with numerous certificates. What is worth mentioning, IPO Branch Pszczyna is the only research centre in Poland conducting the laboratory procedures according to Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

What is GLP?

Good Laboratory Practice is a quality system developed by experts from OECD member countries for research laboratories to ensure highest quality, reliability and consistency of test data related to the safety of industrial chemical substances and preparations. It relies on proper data documentation and archiving in the way allowing reproducibility of the process. In the framework of Mutual Acceptance Data (MAD), such generated data are accepted by all the OECD member countries as reliable and valid. It has a practical value for industry as researches conducted in accordance to GLP guidelines remove the need for expensive duplicative safety tests and reduce time to market for new products.

Future plans for IPO Branched Pszczyna

According to Dr. Przemysław Fochtman - Director of the institute in Pszczyna, currently, the facility is implementing new methods of research in a field of inhalation toxicity. IPO Branch Pszczyna puts high hopes in this service as it is being developed in response to the needs of companies, which inquired about such a system during trade fairs. The inhalation toxicity testing system should be launched in December 2012.


IPO at  BioForum 2013

IPO Branch Pszczyna will be present at one of the most important events in the biotechnology industry of Central Europe - BioForum 2013, which is held in Budapest, Hungary on 22nd-23rd of May. Since the IPO Branch Pszczyna  participates in many fairs around the world, they already have a permanent display of advertising materials and folders. As the example of the inhalation toxicity illustrates, such meetings are not only an opportunity to promote their own services, but also a chance to monitor the current needs of customers, which is as crucial for the industry.


Jacek Plewka

Based on the translation of phone interview with Dr. Przemysław Fochtman - Director of Industrial Organic Chemistry Branch in Pszczyna (IPO Branch Pszczyna)

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