The International Contact Dermatitis Research Group was formed in 1966 to promote the understanding of contact dermatitis. It has had major roles in the standardisation of patch testing and the facilitation of regular scientific meetings, for over forty years and thirty five years respectively. It has also been involved in the authorship of a number of publications on contact dermatitis.
The ICDRG arose from the Scandinavian Committee for Standardization of Routine Patch Testing which was established in 1962 by Professor Bertil Magnusson. It was enlarged to eleven members in 1970.
Amazingly, these eleven members, met regularly for over 20 years and did much to promote contact dermatitis and patch testing, including being involved in numerous joint studies and publications. They initiated the formation of the journal, Contact Dermatitis in 1975 and all became members of the initial Editorial Advisory Board.
The ICDRG is now comprised of representatives from all over the world, and currently includes members from Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Singapore, Korea, India, Japan, Canada, Uruguay and Australia.
- See the Meetings section for information regarding upcoming scientific meetings
- The ICDRG is pleased to announce the publication of “Giant Steps in Patch Testing: A historical memoir”, by our Chairman, Professor Jean-Marie Lachapelle, published by Smart Practice, USA. This book details the history of patch testing and contains much interesting information concerning the ICDRG and national contact dermatitis groups.