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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015

Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015

Organizational Structure and Oversight

Three agencies form the core for NTP: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), primarily through the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR); and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NTP is located administratively at NIEHS, and Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., serves as director of both NIEHS and NTP. John Bucher, Ph.D., is NTP associate director and director of the NTP Division at NIEHS, herein referred to as NIEHS/NTP, which is the focal point for NTP activities. NIEHS and NTP utilize best research practices and embrace developments in technology to discover how the environment affects people, maintaining leadership in the field of environmental health sciences by applying innovative research to address public health issues.

John Howard, M.D., is director of NIOSH, and Elizabeth Whelan, Ph.D., chief of the Industrywide Studies Branch of the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, manages NTP activities within NIOSH, herein referred to as NIOSH/NTP. Staff from three NIOSH divisions participate in NTP: the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, and the Division of Applied Research and Technology; Education and Information Division; and Health Effects Laboratory Division.

NIOSH’s mission is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health, and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. NIOSH’s participation in NTP is consistent with its mandate to protect workers’ health and safety under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.

William Slikker Jr., Ph.D., is director of NCTR, and Paul Howard, Ph.D., associate director of the Office of Scientific Coordination, manages NTP activities within NCTR, herein referred to as NCTR/NTP. NCTR staff scientists, in partnership with researchers from elsewhere in FDA, other government agencies, academia, and industry, provide innovative technology, methods development, vital scientific training, and technical expertise. NCTR conducts an array of studies that reflect the NTP mission and are critical in supporting FDA product centers and their regulatory roles.