QSAR Toolbox: Training


Virtual training      Hands-on training      


Training by the developers


Training with us, you are training with the very best because we are the developers of QSAR Toolbox.


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, quality analysis of chemical structures, intelligent search in inventories and databases;


Profiling:  including understanding what you could expect from your chemical, its chemical mechanism of interaction, its physiological mode of action, how to computerize your own knowledge and disseminate it with your colleagues


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 similar chemicals, search for "strange" analogous, filtering by test conditions


Data Gap Filling: how and when to use read across, trend analysis, and QSAR, smart sub-categorization, outliers justification, meaning and interpretation of numbers


Report: including building standard reports supported by OECD and ECHA, user-defined or edited reports, prepared according to the RAAF principles.


And more:  "unlocking" of ECHA REACH database in Toolbox, installation of external modules (QSAR models, profilers, etc.)



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 when structurally similar analogues are available and what we could do when analogues are not available?


IUCLID search:  How to import/export information from/to IUCLID? How to search in the substance composition or for specific data in IUCLID databases?


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 in the comfort of your home/office.


Two level training courses are available*:

  • Basic (agenda) - two subsequent days
  • Advanced (agenda) - four subsequent days

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

The next virtual trainings are scheduled for:

January 2024:

  • Basic training: 18-19 January, 12:00 - 17:00 CET 
  • Advanced training: 22-25 January, 12:00 - 17:00 CET

 All attendees will receive a course completion certificate.



2. Hands-on training courses

Regular hands-on trainings are organized twice a year during an entire week (Monday to Friday) in one of Europe's most famous sites. Barcelona, cherishing the soul of Columbus, Gaudi, Picasso and Dali will accommodate you for two level training where different problematic chemicals and cases will be used for training exercises because our motto is "learning by doing".


  • Basic* (agenda) - two days
  • Advanced (agenda) - three days


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, no hands-on trainings have been set yet. We will inform you about the dates as soon as the current situation allows it.


BASIC TRAINING*: ... Barcelona, Spain




All attendees will receive a course completion certificate.




How to attend the training

The training courses (virtual and hands-on) are organized by REACH Monitor and the International QSAR foundation.

For registration and more details about the training courses (virtual or regular annual courses), please see the information available at REACH Monitor . 


What our trainees say 


"…the course was completely fine and nothing actually needed to be done to make the training more efficient ..."


"…the "real-life" example presented there was crucial. Understanding the "concept" behind, made it much easier to attend the QSAR toolbox training …"


"… things that were liked during the training were the scientific background of the training, the repetition of some complex tasks to routinise them and the interaction and opportunity to ask and discuss during the course …"


"…the new concept of a "hands-on" training provided practical and interesting examples and explanations and the software demo made sure that everybody was following each step of the trainer's explanations.  This also gave the participants an opportunity to a repetition of going through the different steps of the Toolbox. According to the participants, the worthy examples provided were extremely useful for gaining a worthy knowledge of Toolbox and also the number of examples provided was very good …"

QSAR Toolbox

Training Sessions