The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is an interagency program established in 1978 to coordinate toxicology research and testing across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We work continually to strengthen the science in toxicology, improve testing methods, and provide information about potentially toxic substances to government entities, scientific and medical communities, and especially 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 our activities. The other two agencies are:
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration, primarily through its National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR/FDA)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC)
The Director of the NIEHS, Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., currently serves as the NTP Director. Brian Berridge, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Director of NTP, assists the Director in the daily management of NTP. The NTP Division within the NIEHS provides operational support.
NTP Advisory Board & Committees
NTP relies three external groups for advice on its activities:
- NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) provides scientific advice
- NTP Executive Committee provides programmatic and policy oversight
- Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM) provides advice on priorities and activities related to alternative toxicological test methods
As needed, the program also convenes Special Emphasis Panels and Working Groups for independent peer review and advice on targeted issues:
- NTP Technical Reports Peer Review Panels
- NTP Research Reports Peer Review Panels
- Peer Reviews of Draft NTP Monographs
- Peer Reviews of Report on Carcinogens Monographs
- NTP Expert Panels
Figure 1. shows the NTP organization. All of the listings below the main titles are links. Click on the name of an organization or group to view its website.