In carrying out its mission, NTP has several goals:
- Provide evaluations of substances of public health concern
- Develop and verify improved testing methods
- Create approaches and generate data to strengthen the science base for risk assessment
- Communicate with government, industry, academia, the environmental community, and the public
One measure of the public impact of NTP studies can be seen in regulatory agencies' use of NTP studies to establish guidelines that protect human health.
The Report on Carcinogens is a congressional mandate that provides a list of all substances which either are known to be or may reasonably be a human carcinogen.
Additionally, the NTP Office of Health Assessment and Translation serves as an environmental health resource to the public as well as to regulatory and health agencies. It provides technical assessments of the potential for negative human health effects from exposure to substances.