The National System of information about Teratogenic Agents (SIAT) was set up in Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, in 1990, with the purpose of providing doctors and the general public with rapid and updated information about the reproductive risks related to exposure to teratogenic agents. SIAT, which was the first service of this kind to operate in Latin America, is also an important source of data for prospective investigations about teratogenicity in humans. In this paper we report the preliminary experience of this service and its possible contributions. The introduction in 1992 of similar services in the two main Brazilian cities (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo) and the operation of all three services within an integrated and coordinated national network enhance the potential of this service both at the health care and research levels.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Revista Brasileira de Genética/Brazilian Journal of Genetics|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|