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Organization

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:

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

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.

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