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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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Terry Hyland
North America Managing Editor

Kelly Franklin
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Nhat Nguyen
Chief Analyst

Terry has spent more than 15 years as a reporter, editor and digital news team leader providing information for legal and regulatory professionals across a variety of topics, including health care, clean energy and toxic substances. He joined Chemical Watch in 2020.

Prior to joining Chemical Watch in 2015,
Kelly managed regulatory affairs for several trade groups in the building products industry. Her academic background is in English and Spanish.

Nhat joined Chemical Watch in April 2018 as Chief Analyst. Nhat is a US licensed attorney, and prior to joining Chemical Watch, Nhat was a regulatory analyst and consultant, advising customers on a range of issues in Asia, the EU and the US.

Recent coverage of TSCA


13 July 2021

30 June 2021

The US EPA has begun consulting on a proposal to adopt new TSCA reporting requirements to better support the information needs of its existing chemicals programme.

The US EPA plans to reissue risk determinations for its first ten risk evaluations using a substance-wide approach and could potentially reverse ‘no unreasonable risk’ findings for as many as 22 chemical uses, chemicals office head Michal Freedhoff said today.

The US EPA can expect industry pushback on its newly proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) reporting rule, legal experts say, especially regarding the coverage of downstream and small businesses and the lack of exemptions for the compounds’ occurrence as byproducts or impurities.

17 June 2021

The US EPA has issued a rule requiring manufacturers and importers of 50 substances to submit unpublished health and safety studies to the agency to support its TSCA activities.

29 June 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

Lawsuits currently pending before US federal courts are likely to mould how the US EPA implements the 2016 Lautenberg amendments to TSCA for years to come, says partner at law firm Wiley, Erik Baptist.

28 April 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.


Training course

Understanding the US EPA New Chemical Review Process and the Application of Predictive Models in Risk Assessment

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22 July 2021

A recent TSCA rule that will require manufacturers of 50 substances to submit health and safety data studies to the US EPA could create "huge" problems where REACH data is involved, an industry attorney has said.

15 July 2021

A federal court has granted the US EPA’s request to revisit certain aspects of its TSCA risk evaluation for methylene chloride, putting on hold a pivotal legal challenge to how the agency conducts its assessments of existing chemicals.


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09 February 2021

State governments will forge ahead with new requirements to manage potential chemicals risk in 2021. Chemical Watch chief analyst, Nhat Nguyen, analyses the regulatory landscape and forecasts some of the activities likely to occur this year.

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. 

US new chemicals, Echa funding problems, H&M Group on safe and sustainable by design

01 April 2021

This edition of the Chemical Watch news podcast sees North America managing editor Terry Hyland, Europe editor Luke Buxton and business editor Leigh Stringer join news editor Charlotte Niemiec to discuss the latest developments in chemicals management across the globe.

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

14 July 2021

In this episode of the Chemical Watch news podcast hear North America managing editor Terry Hyland discuss the latest developments from the US regarding the US EPA's plans for reviewing all of the first ten finalised TSCA chemical risk evaluations

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