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The Toxicology Information Program: Making the World Safer

The Toxicology Information Program (TIP) makes information on toxic substances widely available to health care professionals and environmental and governmental officials. The service includes several computerized databases that contain up-to-date data on and references to chemicals and toxic substances and their effects on health and the environment.

In all, NLM has some two dozen databases, including information on cancer research, population and reproduction, bioethics, health planning, audiovsiual materials and other specialized areas of health and disease.

A photograph of two people wearing protective suits and masks facing each other. In the background a fire burns. On the ground behind the men are cream colored hoses covered with black stains.

The Toxicology Information Program data bases at the NLM can provide immediate information about substances, their toxicity, and possible effects on people, animals and the environment.

Interior view, through an open window, of a pharmacy.

This twentieth century reproduction is of a medieval woodcut of a pharmacist. The first pharmacopoeia was published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1542, which indicates that standards for drugs were established by that time.