Review of the National Toxicology Program's Formaldehyde Assessment


In 2011, the National Toxicology Program listed formaldehyde for the first time as "known to be a human carcinogen," upgrading it from its earlier classification as "reasonably anticipated" to cause cancer in humans.


A new report from the National Research Council reviews the formaldehyde substance profile and listing in the NTP's 12th Report on Carcinogens to determine whether the arguments presented support the new formaldehyde listing. The report also conducts an independent assessment of the literature through November 2013, concluding with its own listing recommendation for the chemical.



Advances copies of Review of the Formaldehyde Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens will be available to reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 7.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 8.  To obtain a copy, please contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail