Croatian Institute for Toxicology and Antidoping (CITA) is a governmental institution responsible for the prevention of poisonings and other harmful impacts of chemicals and also for the assistance in diminishing the consequences of accidents with dangerous chemicals.
The Institute was established by the Regulation on the foundation of the Croatian Institute for Toxicology (CIT) in 1997 and CIT’s role was determined by this Regulation.
In agreement between Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Health, the Croatian Anti-doping Agency (CroADA) was adjoined to the Croatian Institute for Toxicology and a new institution got today’s name: the Croatian Institute for Toxicology and Antidoping (CITA).
The structure of CITA is regulated by a statute as an institution with four departments, three of them being toxicological departments and one a department designated to battling doping:
- Department for Risk Assessment
- Department for Documentation and Registry
- Department for Accident Prevention
- Department for Antidoping
In toxicological protection, key activities are:
- education about protection against dangerous chemicals,
- gathering evidence about toxins in production, import, export, use, marketing, retail trade, caring for and gathering evidence about persons who work with chemicals and of poisoning,
- various tasks in the prevention of chemical accidents, accident management and the elimination of their consequences,
- all other jobs in the prevention of chemical accidents or relief of their consequences
The tasks of CITA are regulated by the Health Care Act, while the tasks relating to toxicological departments are additionally regulated by the Chemicals Act. According to the Chemicals Act, Ministry of Health, as the Competent Authority for chemicals, carry out expert tasks in co-operation with CITA. Above expert tasks are:
- Advising MoH regarding REACH, CLP, BPR and GLP
- Advising MoH regarding participation in ECHA’s bodies and EC comities
- Carrying out documental and consultant activities relating to acute poisonings (including preparedness for accidents and helpdesk)
- Conducting training in the protection from dangerous chemicals
- For MoH and other state bodies
- For industry
- Keeping records of collective annual data of chemicals
- Keeping records of the data from safety data sheets
- Taking up official CLP Helpdesk duties