The Duke Toxicology Program provides toxicological assessments of consumer and commercial products necessary to comply with federal and state laws concerning labeling and worker hazard communication. The program maintains a database of over 1,500 toxic chemicals that is used to provide risk assessments necessary for its various products and services, allowing the program to conduct cost effective evaluations of complex products.

The Duke Toxicology Program currently serves over 400 companies -- domestic and international -- including trade associations which represent companies that import or produce over 80 percent of children’s and fine art materials sold in the United States.

The Duke Toxicology Program has evaluated over 40,000 commercial and consumer products for hazard labeling requirements under state, federal, and international laws.

Specific services offered by the Duke Toxicology Program include:

  • Consumer and industrial product labeling
  • Material safety data sheet preparation
  • Product development assistance
  • Assistance with understanding U.S. importation regulations and labeling of consumer products


Chester Rodriguez, PhD, DABT, ERT
Program Director

Caroline Davis Rourk, MBA, MPH
Administrative Director
(919) 681-6535


2200 West Main Street
Suite 400
Durham, NC 27705
Fax: (919) 286-5647