Report on Carcinogens (RoC)
Scientific Review of Formaldehyde
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.
expert panel=92s peer review comments on the draft background document,
listing recommendation, and
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.
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
for peer review at the June meeting of the NTP Board
of Scientific Counselors.
Information: Dr. Ruth M. Lunn, Report on Carcinogens Office, NIH/NIEHS,
P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-14,