‘Science is the backbone of our chemical safety work and strong science ensures we put measures in place to protect human health and the environment, when necessary.’
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that it is to modernise its process for the review of new chemicals before they can enter the marketplace.
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is proposing the development and implementation of a multi-year New Chemicals Collaborative Research Programme in partnership with the EPA’s Office of Research and Development and other federal bodies. The programme will refine existing approaches as well as developing and implementing new methodologies to ensure that the best available science is used in the evaluation of new chemicals under TSCA.
The New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program will include: Updating the OCSPP’s approach to using data from structurally similar chemicals to determine potential risks from new chemicals, as well as updating and augmenting the models used for predicting a chemical’s physical-chemical properties and environmental fate, hazard, exposure and toxicokinetics to provide a suite of models to be used for new chemicals assessments.
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Michal Freedhoff commented; ‘Science is the backbone of our chemical safety work, and strong science ensures we put measures in place to protect human health and the environment, when necessary.’
The EPA is to hold virtual public meetings on 20 and 21 April 2022, to provide an overview of the TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Programme, as well and giving stakeholders an opportunity to provide input. A draft document describing the new programme will also be released.