Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 18:18:51 -0500
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Subject: Report on Carcinogens (RoC): Scientific Review of Formaldehyde
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Report on Carcinogens (RoC) 
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Scientific Review of Formaldehyde 

On November 4, a ten-member, independent, scientific expert panel convened by the NTP voted unanimously to  
list formaldehyde as a =93known human carcinogen=94 in the upcoming 12th Edition of the Report on Carcinogens (RoC).  
Currently, formaldehyde is listed in the 11th RoC as =93reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.=94 The vote  
came after three days of presentations, public comments, and lengthy discussions of the body of literature  
on this widely used chemical. 

The expert panel=92s peer review comments on the draft background document, listing recommendation, and  
scientific justification are now available on the RoC website ( 82). The NTP invites  
public comment on the recommendation and scientific justification for the recommendations (74 FR 62317).  
Comments should be sent to the RoC Center (see contact information below) by February 8, 2010. The NTP  
will finalize the background document, taking into consideration the panel=92s recommended edits and public  
comments on the draft document. 

Next steps in the review process include additional internal government review followed by preparation of  
the draft substance profile containing the NTP=92s listing recommendation for formaldehyde in the 12th RoC and 
the scientific information supporting the recommendation. The draft substance profile is tentatively scheduled 
for peer review at the June meeting of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors. 

Contact Information: Dr. Ruth M. Lunn, Report on Carcinogens Office, NIH/NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-14,  
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; T: (919) 316-4637; FAX: (919) 541-0144; lunn**At_Symbol_Here** 

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