After several years of discussion and debate, the two houses of the US Congress have approved a bill to reform TSCA. The bill updates the law on the regulation of chemicals in the United States for the first time in 40 years. The reformed TSCA strengthens the federal oversight from the US EPA, subjecting all new and existing chemicals to a safety review, and requiring the Agency to focus on those chemicals that are of a high priority for full risk assessments. The new law also expands the ability of the EPA to call for additional testing, and enables industry to request the Agency to conduct a safety assessment, on a particular chemical.

H.R. 2576 – the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Presented to the President 14 June 2016.

The above items were taken from the July 2016 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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