About the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
(ATSDR), as an agency of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services,
is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive
public health actions, and providing trusted health information
to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.
ATSDR is directed by congressional
mandate to perform specific functions concerning the effect on
public health of hazardous substances in the environment. These
functions include public health assessments of waste sites, health
consultations concerning specific hazardous substances, health
surveillance and registries, response to emergency releases of
hazardous substances, applied research in support of public health
assessments, information development and dissemination, and education
and training concerning hazardous substances.
ATSDR's core values, goals, mission,
and organizational structure are reflected within the agency's
Final FY 2002 Performance
Report, Final FY 2003 Performance Plan and Draft FY 2004 Performance
Plan for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Definitions of words and phrases used by ATSDR can be found in the
ATSDR Glossary of Terms.