If you require information about toxic chemicals, visit the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov. The NTP was established in 1978 by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to coordinate toxicological testing programs within the department; strengthen the science base in toxicology; develop and validate improved testing methods; and provide information about potentially toxic chemicals to health regulatory and research agencies, the scientific and medical communities, and the public.
The NTP is an interagency program consisting of relevant toxicology activities of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH/NIEHS) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH), and the Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research (FDA/NCTR). The NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI) was a charter agency; however, the NCI Carcinogenesis Bioassay Program was transferred to the NIEHS in 1981. The NCI remains active in the program through membership on the NTP Executive Committee. The NTP’s mission is to evaluate agents of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology.
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