The National Toxicology Program, established in 1978, is the scientific research arm for U.S. regulatory agencies. It is best known for its Reports on Carcinogens (RoC). The NTP comes under the aegis of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an agency that has been able to perform good science amidst a battlefield of conflicting interests. However, it is yet to be seen whether they will survive the fluoride issue. While the NIEHS is independent, it comes under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
From 1977-1990. In 1977, the U.S. Congress requested that animal studies be conducted to determine if fluoride can cause cancer. The result of the Congressional request was an extensive and controversial animal study conducted in the 1980s by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and published in 1990 – see more at Part 6.
From 2015-2017, the NTP solicited public comments on fluoride’s Developmental Neurotoxicity and Endocrine Disruption potential, as well as on fluoride’s carcinogenicity. In 2016 the NTP began a “systematic review” of fluoride’s neurotoxicity in humans. This was the first time that any government undertook this task. The review took three years and the first draft was released in 2019. Also in 2016, NTP released a Systematic Literature Review on the Effects of Fluoride on Learning and Memory in Animal Studies, see more at Part 5.
In 2020, the NAS concluded it’s peer review of NTP’s first Systematic Review of Fluoride and they identified deficiencies for NTP to address – see more at Part 3.
In 2021: The NAS’ second peer-review of the Revised NTP Monograph on the Systematic Review of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects: A Letter Report was released – see more at Part 2.
Members of the NAS’ peer-review committee of the NTP reports, see Part 4.
Documents for all NTP documents and submissions on fluoride, see Part 7.
News Articles covering fluoride and the NTP, see Part 8.
Important Documents from 2019 to 2021
|Feb 9, 2021||NAS: Second peer-review of the revised Draft NTP Monograph on the Systematic Review of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects: A Letter Report.|
|Sept 16, 2020||NTP: Revised Draft Monograph on the Systematic Review of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects.|
|March 5, 2020||NAS: First peer review of the Draft NTP Monograph on the Systematic Review of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects.|
|Sept 6, 2019||NTP: First Draft NTP Monograph on the Systematic Review of Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health Effects.|
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