NTP was established in 1978 by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in response to concerns about potential human health effects of chemicals in our environment. Specifically, NTP goals were to:
NTP provides scientific data, interpretation, and guidance in the appropriate uses of these data to regulatory agencies and other health-related research groups. The American people and government agencies, at state and federal levels, rely on NTP to provide a strong scientific basis for making credible decisions that will protect public health. In the past 37 years, NTP has studied and shared information on the health effects of more than 2,500 substances, including dietary supplements, industrial chemicals, consumer products, and complex mixtures.
In following government-wide efforts to increase access to the results of federally funded scientific research, NTP maintains open communications and dialogue with federal and state agencies, industry, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the public. The NTP website provides the public with a variety of information, including Federal Register notices, status of and data from NTP studies, access to NTP reports and journal publications, and notifications through media releases, a calendar of upcoming events, and the NTP Update newsletter.
The public and other interested parties can stay abreast of NTP activities and events by subscribing to the NTP listserv, an email notification system. In addition, requests for information can be made through the Central Data Management office via email or calling 919-541-3419, or Freedom of Information Act coordinator.
NTP welcomes input on its programs and priorities. This input can be submitted in response to formal requests for public comment in Federal Register notices or informal submissions to the Office of Liaison, Policy, and Review (919-541-7539 or firstname.lastname@example.org).