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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Toxicology Program Board of Scientific CounselorsAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number113
Original Establishment Date11/15/1978Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/about/org/bsc/index.html
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date11/14/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DIRECTOR, NTP OFFICE OF LIAISON, POLICY AND REVIEW
Date Of Renewal Charter11/14/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*MARY
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*WOLFE
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPHD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 217aDesignated Federal Officer Phone*919-541-7539
Effective Date Of Authority*11/17/1962Designated Federal Officer Fax*919-541-0295
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*wolfe@niehs.nih.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) is a technical advisory body established to advise the NTP Executive Committee and NTP Director on matters relating to scientific program content and to evaluate the scientific merits of the intramural and collaborative programs of the NTP. The BSC typically meets twice annually and convenes working groups and subcommittees to address special programmatic issues as needed. The BSC met two times in FY18. Meetings were open to the public and webcast, written comments were received, and time was provided at the meeting for oral public comment. Information about BSC meetings can be found at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/164. The first BSC meeting was held on December 7-8, 2017, to review and provide scientific input on the NTP's activities and collaborative programs. The meeting started with a presentation on the new US Strategic Roadmap for advancing alternative approaches, which was prepared by the 16-member Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods, along with examples of agency efforts toward implementation including the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science's Tissue Chip for Drug Screening Program, NIEHS' SBIR Phase IIb program that promotes funding for alternatives, and the Integrated Chemical Environment, an NTP public resource of highly curated data. Talks within the session on NTP assessing alternative approaches included a new program called REACT (Rapid Evaluation and Assessment of Chemical Toxicity), which focuses on integrating a testing battery of literature-based, in-vitro, and in-silico tools, and was introduced with application to studies of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. There were also presentations on the Tox21 Phase 3 high-throughput transcriptomics and S1500+ initiative, the European Chemical Agency's Accelerating the Pace for Risk Assessment Workshop, and NTP's approaches to assessing dermal hypersensitivity. Reports were given on three recent meetings: (1) peer review of Draft Report on Carcinogens Monograph on Haloacetic Acids; (2) peer review on NTP toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of dietary zinc, 2,3-butanedione and p-chloro-a,a,a-trifluorotoluene; and (3) peer review of Draft NTP Approach to Genomic Dose-Response Modeling. The BSC also heard an update on NTP's studies of glyphosate. The second BSC meeting was held on June 20, 2018. The meeting's focus was introduction by the new NTP Associate Director/Division of NTP Scientific Director of an effort focused on 'strategic realignment of NTP' toward translational toxicology, which would build upon NTP's history of relevance and excellence in addressing issues of public health concern and impact. He introduced the topic and provided the BSC some guiding principles and a conceptual framework for how presentations at the meeting would illustrate current and future application of those principles. He noted the important role of the BSC as NTP's scientific advisory group in this realignment effort. The presentations highlighted NTP studies on synthetic turf/recycled tire crumb rubber research, radiofrequency radiation used in cell phones, and activities on bisphenols.
How is membership balanced?*Members of the BSC are selected from recognized authorities knowledgeable in fields such as toxicology, pharmacology, pathology, biochemistry, epidemiology, mutagenesis, immunology, carcinogenesis, industrial hygiene, reproductive toxicology, and biostatistics. The Secretary, Health and Human Services, appoints members to the BSC. The members review the NTP activities in the above areas and provide scientific oversight to the program.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Two meetings of the BSC were held in FY 2018. Continuation of the BSC is necessary because there is no other available source that can provide a proper blend of programmatic review and advice needed by the NTP.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Because of the unique function and objectives of the NTP within the public sector, an independent advisory board is required that includes a breadth of scientific expertise within the membership and a membership that can evaluate and advise on activities ranging from basic research to actual large-scale chemical testing.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksBased on the assignment of duties within the National Toxicology Program, the designated federal official (DFO) and committee decision maker positions are held by the same individual.

Reports: This committee did not produce any reports during this fiscal year.

Members: Dr. Myrtle Davis converted from a Federal member to an SGE. Dr. Steven Markowitz was extended as per the Charter.

Maximum number of members was changed from 35 to 20 in order to reflect current charter.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Committee makes recommendations to federal staff. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) advises the NTP Executive Committee and NTP Director on matters relating to scientific program content and to evaluate the scientific merits of the intramural and collaborative programs of the NTP.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent diseases.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*182Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY 2018, the NTP BSC made approximately eight major recommendations. The BSC made several recommendations and comments on NTP's activities and the strategic realignment effort. They expressed support for the strategic realignment activity.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentDue to the large breadth and complexity of the recommendations made by this committee, staff is unable to determine which recommendations have been fully or partially implemented solely in response to this committee's activities.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNewsletter, List Serve
Agency Feedback CommentWebsite and at subsequent meetings.Narrative Description*The National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors (Board) is a technical advisory body established to advise the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Executive Committee and Program Director on matters relating to the scientific program content and to evaluate the scientific merits of the intramural and collaborative programs of the NTP.
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COSTS

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Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
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Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001866National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2017
 COM-002580National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2016
 COM-003806National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2015
 COM-004369National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2014
 COM-006183National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2013
 COM-006837National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2012
 COM-008295National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2011
 COM-009110National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2010
 COM-010058National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2009
 COM-010958National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2008
 COM-012157National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2007
 COM-012499National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2006
 COM-013977National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2005
 COM-014513National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2004
 COM-015993National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2003
 COM-016402National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2002
 COM-017819National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2001
 COM-018588National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2000
 COM-019855National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors1999
 COM-020613National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors1998
 COM-021463National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors1997
 COM-034630National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors2018