The 36th International Congress of the EAPCCT will be held in Madrid, the capital city of Spain. Madrid boasts a long and impressive history and is replete with churches, palaces, art galleries, monuments, theatres, parks and fabulous architecture – both modern and classical. An extremely cosmopolitan city, Madrid has excellent integrated transport systems, and a world-famous culture of hospitality; no wonder it is such a popular destination for business and tourism alike.

The congress will take place in the NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding hotel, a stylish retreat in the city’s financial district. It features a brand-new, ultra-contemporary look and is considered one of the best hotels in Europe for business or leisure. It is located minutes from Paseo de la Castellana, one of the city’s main avenues, and is surrounded by restaurants and boutiques. Connections to the city centre and airport are excellent. The congress facilities have recently been completely renovated.

As in previous years, the academic aspects of the congress are being organised by the EAPCCT Board and Scientific and Meetings Committee, ensuring a diverse and relevant programme that should appeal to all. The Congress will once again be co-sponsored by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, which will also accredit the Congress for continuing medical education. The Pre-Congress educational meeting for 2016 is entitled “Toxicity mediated by metabolic pathways: from pathophysiology to management”. As is now customary, there will be a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions using electronic voting technology.

The principal themes of the academic programme of the Congress are: Household product safety; Aerotoxic syndrome; e-cigarettes – the good, the bad and the ugly; Toxic aspects of ammunition; Clinical toxicology of cannabis and cannabinoids; Current challenges of opioids; Advances in critical care of poisoned patients: imaging and treatment; Risk communication - detection, assessment, management and communication of risk in mass human toxic exposures. Interspersed within these will be panel discussions, pro-con debates, and also sessions for discussing recent papers and publications. This year we will continue enhancing the prominence of the poster presentations and include daily discussion sessions relating to these. With parallel sessions throughout the main three days of the congress there is surely no excuse for not getting the best academically from the events. There will also be plenty of opportunity to visit the stands of our sponsors and exhibitors. Finally, each year we receive several abstract submissions on the more cultural or historical aspects of toxicology – we hope to include a short session devoted to these if there is time and material!

As always, we aim to offer plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world at the breaks and lunches, and also at the regular social events such as the Wednesday welcome reception and the Friday Congress Dinner.

There is one major new development this year in that the EAPCCT has gone into partnership with Grupo Pacifico, an experienced Professional Congress Organiser company based in Spain. Grupo Pacifico have handled many scientific and medical conferences in the past, including a recent IUTOX congress. They will be handling the congress organisation and administration for us, and we hope you will appreciate the benefits of their expertise and support. The Board and Scientific Committee already are! Our own Lisa Breitner is coordinating our partnership with them to ensure the unique close-knit atmosphere of past EAPCCT congresses is maintained. We are both excited and delighted to welcome Grupo Pacifico into the EAPCCT family!

So, please submit your work for presentation, and then come and enjoy at least four days of stimulating company in Madrid.

Alexander Campbell
EAPCCT President

Ana Ferrer Dufol
Chair, EAPCCT Scientific and Meetings Committee