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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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Introducing our Chemical Watch experts

Kelly Franklin
North America Managing Editor

Nhat Nguyen
Chief Analyst

Prior to joining Chemical Watch in 2015, Kelly managed regulatory affairs for several trade groups in the building products industry. She is now a leading expert on TSCA in the US.

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.

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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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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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14 January 2022

The US FDA has released scientific opinions seeking to strengthen the detection and identification of asbestos fibre in talc-containing cosmetics and talc intended for use in cosmetics.

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

The US EPA has released a draft revised risk determination for the flame retardant HBCD, the start of its effort to apply Biden administration policy changes to the first ten TSCA risk evaluations.

03 January 2022

14 December 2021

The US EPA has signalled plans not to finalise any of its first ten TSCA risk management rules for another two years, reflecting timelines that are significantly behind its statutory deadlines for addressing unreasonable risks it has identified.

16 November 2021

The US EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has identified ensuring the safe use of chemicals as a "top management challenge" for the agency, and said the EPA must drastically expand its capacity to conduct TSCA risk evaluations to ensure timely and credible reviews.

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US TSCA New Chemicals Risk Assessment Training

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Discover how the US chemicals programme has changed and get technical training on the risk assessment process. Over six modules, you will learn about the methods and models you can use to conduct a preliminary risk assessment before submitting new chemical notifications to the EPA.

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27 October 2021

The US EPA has said it expects to start the scientific peer review process early next year on a draft TSCA "screening-level approach" to examine possible air and water exposures in fenceline communities, as well as its long-awaited update to the systematic review protocol.

Several industry representatives have said the US EPA’s classification of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) for company-funded testing under TSCA makes sense but could be refined. Some environmental and public health entities, however, think the agency needs a faster, more thorough way to investigate and regulate the substance class.

09 November 2021