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It is now more than five years since TSCA was amended, following the adoption of the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in 2016. Since then, the US EPA has developed numerous chemicals management policies and taken steps to regulate substances of concern, with a significant impact on industry.

TSCA developments in the coming years depend on the US EPA’s agenda under the Biden administration and decisions in pivotal legal challenges to the law. Updated policy positions on the new and existing chemicals programmes have reignited debates on the scope of TSCA, giving rise to uncertainty surrounding risk evaluations, premarket chemical reviews, user fees, confidentiality and more.

Chemical Watch is committed to helping you understand changing TSCA regulation and what it means for your products and your business. Our regular news coverage, in-depth features, conferences, training and expert assistance from our analyst team can help you stay up to date and keep your compliance efforts on track. 

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Recent coverage of TSCA


14 September 2021

The US EPA’s decision to defray compliance requirements for a TSCA prohibition on the use of PIP (3:1) in articles has provided industry some measure of relief, but also shifted the onus back onto companies to demonstrate the compliance challenges the rule presents.  

The US EPA cannot regulate PFASs effectively unless all companies selling the chemicals or materials and components containing them are required to report on their properties, exposures and uses, says consulting editor, Geraint Roberts

01 September 2021

Six environmental groups have asked the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to develop toxicological profiles and set minimal risk levels (MRLs) for 43 TSCA work plan substances.

10 September 2021

Expert articles

21 June 2021

On the fifth anniversary of the Frank R Lautenberg Act, a new administration with fresh views on both the new and existing chemicals programmes has reignited debates on the purpose of TSCA, says Chemical Watch North America desk editor Kelly Franklin.

Policy changes implicit in an EPA court filing could have profound implications for the way the agency assesses and manages the risk that high-priority chemicals pose, Chemical Watch North America desk editor Kelly Franklin hears.

20 May 2021

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Navigating TSCA eLearning series

This three-part eLearning course will help you understand the basics of TSCA, get a solid grounding in the key areas of the legislation, and gain an in-depth understanding of key issues such as the premanufacture notification process and confidential business information (CBI). 

Each part of the course is led by experts from Bergeson & Campbell PC, is easy to follow and allows you to study at your own pace. All you need is a device with an internet connection and you can start your learning right away.


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Chemical Watch Podcast

Listen to the latest TSCA news on the Chemical Watch Podcast

The Chemical Watch Podcast regularly explores TSCA developments in more detail. You can listen via your favourite podcasting app or via the Chemical Watch platform – whatever suits you best. Check out some of the latest episodes now. 

Special Chemical Watch podcast: US PFAS product regulations

10 August 2021

In this special edition of the Chemical Watch podcast, North America reporter Julia John is joined by a guest panel to discuss the latest PFAS developments and restrictions across US states, including Washington State’s prohibition of PFASs in food packaging.

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Siloxane legal appeals, China moves on phthalates, TSCA risk evaluations

14 July 2021

This week's Chemical Watch News Podcast sees North America managing editor, Terry Hyland, consulting editor, Geraint Roberts, and Asia desk editor, David Macfarlane, join global managing editor, Kate Lowe, to discuss the latest developments in chemicals management.  

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07 October 2021

Two chemical distributors have agreed to pay the US EPA a combined total of more than $117,000 in penalties for violations of the TSCA chemical data reporting (CDR) rule.

05 October 2021

Three electronics industry groups have requested that the US EPA make clear by year’s end when different sectors will have to comply with a TSCA prohibition on the use of the flame retardant PIP (3:1) in articles.

30 September 2021

A number of environmental advocacy groups have asked the US EPA to expand its proposed TSCA reporting rule for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) to include submission requirements for processors, annual data collection, and more.

01 September 2021

The US EPA cannot regulate PFASs effectively unless all companies selling the chemicals or materials and components containing them are required to report on their properties, exposures and uses, says consulting editor, Geraint Roberts

29 July 2021

The US EPA's proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reporting rule would impose a myriad of obligations on business, and apply to those not usually subject to TSCA’s requirements, says Lawrence E Culleen, partner at law firm Arnold & Porter