Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

oxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a United States law that was passed in 1976 and is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The TSCA is one of many laws passed that focus on regulating new and existing chemical substances in the United States. TSCA involves many requirements for reporting, record-keeping, and testing, as well as established restrictions for some chemical substances. One of the major requirements of the TSCA is the implementation of mandatory Chemical Data Reporting.

Chemical Data Reporting

Chemical Data Reporting (CDR), previously called Inventory Update Reporting (IUR), requires manufacturers to report on chemicals that they produce or import into the United States. In addition to production information, CDR requires manufacturers to provide information about the uses, quantities, and other exposure information of these chemicals when in commerce. This information is made public, and helps the EPA to assess the health and environmental effects that these chemicals may cause.

CDR Applicability and Exemptions

Manufacturers (including importers) are required to submit CDR data every 4 years, if they meet a certain production threshold at any single site since the last principal reporting year. For some chemicals, this threshold is 25,000 lbs. A reduced threshold of 2500 lbs applies to chemicals that are subject to certain TSCA actions. Chemicals used in other product categories such as food, drugs, cosmetics and devices are regulated by other U.S. statutes and are not subject to the TSCA CDR regulation.

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