Following the inclusion of formaldehyde and styrene in the National Toxicology Program’s 12th Report on Carcinogens, NRC has conducted an independent peer review of relevant carcinogenicity data. It concluded that formaldehyde has been correctly listed as “known to be a human carcinogen”. NRC also agreed with listing styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”, but noted that there is a strong argument in favour of increasing its classification to “known human carcinogen”, based on evidence of genotoxicity in exposed humans.

National Research Council of the US National Academy of Sciences (2014).

Review of the formaldehyde assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18948

Review of the styrene assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18725

The above items were taken from the September 2014 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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