Implementing TSCA to Effectively Regulate Chemicals in Commerce

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act will achieve a more predictable and uniform federal regulatory program for chemicals in commerce, provide better protection of Americans’ health and our environment and support our economy and America’s role as the world’s leading innovator.

Meeting Deadlines 

In the 2016 amendments to TSCA, Congress established tough but achievable deadlines for completing the rules and procedures it will use to prioritize, evaluate and manage chemicals in commerce. On June 22, 2017, EPA demonstrated a good faith commitment to meeting those deadlines for implementing TSCA in an efficient manner with the release of the:

  • Three key framework rules that establish a strong foundation for implementation of TSCA:
    • Inventory Reset Rule – process for sorting the TSCA inventory so that EPA can focus on chemicals that are currently active in commerce.
    • Prioritization Rule – process for designating low priority chemicals, as well as the high priority chemicals that will move to risk evaluation.
    • Risk Evaluation Rule – process for conducting risk evaluations on high priority chemicals
  • Scoping documents for risk evaluations for the first 10 chemicals under TSCA.
  • Guidance for third party risk evaluations under TSCA.

Since that time, EPA has continued to meet the deadlines required by the law, including:

  • The release of the first 10 problem formulations for risk evaluation under TSCA
  • The release of official guidance and policy on confidential business information and new alternative test methods and strategies to reduce animal testing
  • Completion of the Inventory Reset of chemicals in commerce
  • The release of the Fees Rule for the Administration of TSCA

You can read the final rules, scoping documents and guidance for third party risk evaluations on EPA’s website:
»Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA
»Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation under TSCA
»First Ten Chemicals for Risk Evaluation
»Guidance to Assist Interested Persons in Developing and Submitting Draft Risk Evaluations
»Fees for the Administration of TSCA
»The final TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory
»Confidential Business Information under TSCA
»Alternative Test Methods and Strategies to Reduce Vertebrate Animal Testing