Richard Kingston

President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs

Dr. Kingston is President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and co-founder of SafetyCall International. Dr. Kingston brings 30 years professional experience to SafetyCall International in the areas of clinical toxicology and pharmacology, poison control, product post-market surveillance, and drug and dietary supplement safety. Previously, Dr. Kingston also co-branded and served as Vice President of the PROSAR International Poison Center, as well as co-founded and served as the former Director of the Minnesota Regional Poison Center and Hazard Information Services. He has 23 years of critical care toxicology experience gained from practice in a University affiliated Level One Trauma Center. He holds a joint academic appointment with the University of Minnesota at the rank of Clinical Professor within the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kingston completed his Bachelor of Sciences in Pharmacy degree at the University of New Mexico, his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in clinical toxicology and pharmacokinetics at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center and the University of Minnesota. In his academic capacity he serves in multiple areas related to his practice focus of “clinical toxicology and product safety.”

In the area of Product Safety/Regulatory Policy he has helped shape national policy on a variety of critical issues related to product safety, including rules and regulations, and law interpretation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Department of Labor and Industry (OSHA), the Federal Department of Health & Human Services (HRSA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He has helped shape national policy on adverse event reporting requirements for all pesticide manufactures, resulting in being awarded the Chemical Producers and Distributors Associations highest national award for individual professional contributions to the Pesticide Industry. This award related to his work regarding EPA adverse event reporting, where he coordinated the development and design of the “Industry Voluntary 6(a)(2) Incident Reporting Forms”, and wrote the guidance document related to their use.

In the area of dietary supplement clinical pharmacology and toxicology he serves as course director for “Therapeutics of Herbs and Other Natural Medicinals” and is also a member of the University’s “Center for Plants and Human Health” and NCCAM funded “Center for Spirituality and Healing.”

Professional Affiliations

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    American Academy of Clinical Toxicology

    The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) was established in 1968 as a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary organization uniting scientists and clinicians in the advancement of research, education, prevention and treatment of diseases caused by chemicals, drugs and toxins. www.clintox.org

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    American Association of Poison Control Centers

    The AAPCC works with America's 55 poison centers to track poisonings and their sources, including household products, food and beverages, chemicals in the workplace and home, environmental toxins, drugs and medicine, and animal and insect bites and stings. www.aapcc.org

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    American Pharmaceutical Association

    Founded in 1852, APhA is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, with more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians as members. www.pharmacist.com/

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    Consumer Specialty Products Association

    The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of more than $100 billion annually in the U.S. of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier environments. www.cspa.org

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    American Botanical Council

    The American Botanical Council is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media. abc.herbalgram.org

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    Consumer Health Products Association

    CHPA is the not-for-profit association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. www.chpa.org

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    Society of Toxicology

    Founded in 1961, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the US and abroad. The Society’s mission is to create a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology. www.toxicology.org