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Passing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in 2016, the US federal government has reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Significant changes cover the assessment of chemicals for better protection of the public and the environment. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has targeted some persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) substances in articles.
These amendments impact industries worldwide. To comply with the American laws, the manufacturers and importer will have to make sure that their supply chain is aware of these obligations and meets the TSCA requirements, on top of the California Prop. 65 obligations.
To do so, you are welcome to use the free Enviropass EPEC form. Ask your suppliers to fill in the 'Supplier's information' and 'TSCA' tabs.
Enviropass is here to help you grasp the TSCA reform, verify the technical documentation with your supply chain and assess your products. We will audit the medium to high-risk suppliers and provide recommendations via a gap analysis.
Ask for a free Enviropass consultation and see how you can achieve full compliance and demonstrate due diligence to third parties.
A wide range of articles, or products, are potentially affected by these new restrictions or prohibitions. They include products placed into the American market with:
Medical devices, regulated under the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are excluded from the TSCA's scope.
More details on the TSCA reform for PBT.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in charge of implementing the TSCA reform. EPA has targeted some substances that are considered persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) to the environment. These substances tend to remain a long time before being naturally destroyed. They also accumulate and are harmful to certain living beings:
These substances are either restricted or merely prohibited from specific applications. Recordkeeping may also apply, with various effective dates.
More regulated substances are likely to be added to this list over the years, similarly to the EU REACH regulation. Furthermore, the EU RoHS and POP also restrict some of these PBTs, such as DecaBDE and HCBD.
Want to know more about TSCA or other American regulations? Contact Enviropass!