May 29, 2015
While consumers typically believe that anything they can buy in the store has been government tested for safety, that’s not always the case. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been in effect and essentially unchanged since 1976. The TSCA as it stands today allows chemicals to be used in consumer products without being proven safe, and it is seen by many as an outdated and ineffective regulatory scheme. In March 2015, draft bi-partisan chemical safety legislation aimed at amending the TSCA to better protect the public passed a Senate vote, and earlier this month, a slightly tweaked draft cleared its House subcommittee. The draft legislation is referred to as the Udall-Vitter bill.

The proposed reforms to the TSCA are numerous, and would significantly increase safety requirements imposed both on product manufacturers and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) testing processes.

For more information on specific changes to the law and potential strategies for proactive adaptation, please click here.