National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/org

Organization

The National Toxicology Program is an interagency program established in 1978 to coordinate toxicology research and testing across the Department of Health and Human Services. The program was also created to 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, scientific and medical communities, and the public.

NTP is headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). NIEHS is one of three core agencies that provide support for NTP activities. The other two agencies are:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, primarily through its National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR/FDA); and
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC)

The Director of the NIEHS/NIH, Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, serves as the NTP Director. Dr. John Bucher, Associate Director of NTP, assists the Director in the daily management of NTP. The NTP Division within the NIEHS provides operational support.

Advisory Board & Committees

NTP relies upon three formal external groups for advice on its activities:

As needed, the program convenes Special Emphasis Panels and Working Groups for independent scientific peer review and advice on targeted issues.

Figure 1. National Toxicology Program. Click on the name of an organization or group to view its web site.

NTP Structure NTP Executive Committee U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Department of Defense Environmental Protection Agency Food and Drug Administration Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry National Cancer Institute National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Occupational Safety & Health Administration NIEHS/NTP Director Page National Center for Toxicological Research National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Board of Scientific Counselors Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods Special Emphasis Panels

NTP is located at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.