NIEHS' National Toxicology Program released the 13th Report on Carcinogens
October 2, 2014 — NIEHS' National Toxicology Program released the 13th Report on Carcinogens listing 243 substances as "known" or "reasonably anticipated" to cause cancer in humans. The bi-annual report is a science-based document that identifies chemical, biological, and physical agents determined to be cancer hazards for people living in the United States, prepared by NTP on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The four substances added to the report include: Ortho-tolui
Federal agencies collaborate in Tox21 to reduce animal testing
Testing the safety of chemicals is becoming more efficient and less reliant on animals thanks to a federal collaboration known as Tox 21. Tox 21 brings together scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIEHS, the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and most recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test the safety of chemicals using state-of-the-art robotic technology that will reduce the reliance on animal testing.
Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) of 'some concern' for children's health
In 2009, NIEHS-funded researchers studying bisphenol A, or BPA, met at NIEHS with other scientists from academia and government who were already studying the chemical for potential public health risks. The chemical, one among a group known as endocrine disruptors, is found in plastics such as food containers, water bottles, and baby bottles. It has been present in hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.
NTP studies show hexavalent chromium in drinking water causes cancer in lab animals
The National Toxicology Program announced that hexavalent chromium in drinking water causes cancer in lab animals. The announcement came at the conclusion of a two-year study in which lab animals given the chemical in drinking water developed tumors. Hexavalent chromium is used in electroplating, leather tanning, and textile manufacturing. It has also been found in drinking water sources.
Strategic plan aims to position National Toxicology Program for 21st century
"A National Toxicology Program for the 21st Century: A Roadmap for the Future," outlines a plan to strategically position the National Toxicology Program at the forefront for providing scientific data and guiding the interpretation of those data to maximize their impact on public health.
Other test methods viable replacement for animal testing of chemical burn agents
The new Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), formed by NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program, concludes for the first time that non-animal tests can replace the use of laboratory animals in chemical tests to determine if a chemical is likely to burn or corrode human skin.