Advisory Board & Committees
NTP calls on a variety of advisory groups to provide rigorous scientific peer review and advice on programs and activities. These groups are organized as follows:
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A committee composed of the heads, or designated representatives, of nine federal agencies
|Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC)
A federally chartered external advisory committee whose members are appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Ad hoc groups of experts
|Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM)
A congressionally mandated, federally chartered advisory committee of up to 15 members appointed by the Director, NIEHS and NTP
For contact information, visit the Office of Liaison, Policy and Review.
Members of the NTP Executive Committee
Members of NTP Executive Committee include the heads (or their designees) from the following federal agencies:
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Department of Defense
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Cancer Institute
- National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Peer review is an essential part of the scientific process, ensuring that a given study's conclusions are objective and supported by the scientific evidence. At NTP, draft reports and monographs are peer reviewed prior to publication. Peer review may be conducted by letter or at a panel meeting. The peer review process frequently offers opportunity for public comment.
Peer reviewers serve as independent scientists, not as representatives of any industry, company, or governmental agency, and are screened for conflict of interest. Peer review comments are carefully considered by NTP in finalizing reports and monographs for publication.