Healthy volunteer studies in toxicology

J. Meulenbelt*, Tj T. Mensinga, J. M. Kortboyer, G. J A Speijers, I. De Vries

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In the future there will be an increasing need for quantitative human risk assessment in order to develop soundly-based risk level regulations. Human volunteer studies can contribute to gain essential data needed for this risk assessment. Volunteer studies are especially relevant to study the biokinetics and metabolism of a compound. Comparison of these data with those of laboratory animals can increase the accuracy in extrapolation study results from animals to man. Furthermore, the results of volunteer studies can be used to fill in the gaps of knowledge which cannot be solved with in vitro or animal studies in order to develop adequate physiologically-based biokinetic or biodynamic models for human risk assessment. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalToxicology Letters
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 1998


  • Biodynamic models
  • Biokinetic models
  • Human volunteer studies
  • Risk assessment


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