Basic Information for the Review of New Chemicals
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On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which updates the Toxic Substances Control Act. EPA will update its web pages to conform to the provisions of the statute, but until then some content may be out of date. Learn more about the new law, find summary information and read frequently asked questions.
- What is the TSCA New Chemicals Review Program?
- What is a "new chemical"?
- Who must submit a premanufacture notice (PMN) to EPA?
- Search the TSCA Inventory before submitting a new chemicals notice
What is the TSCA New Chemicals Review Program?
Mandated by section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA's New Chemicals program helps manage the potential risk to human health and the environment from chemicals new to the marketplace. The program functions as a "gatekeeper" that can identify conditions, up to and including a ban on production, to be placed on the use of a new chemical before it is entered into commerce.
For purposes of regulation under TSCA, if a chemical is on the TSCA Inventory, the substance is considered an "existing" chemical substance in U.S. commerce. Any chemical that is not on the Inventory is considered a “new chemical substance.”
Who must submit a premanufacture notice (PMN) to EPA?
Section 5 of TSCA requires anyone who plans to manufacture (including import) a new chemical substance for a non-exempt commercial purpose to provide EPA with notice before initiating the activity. This notice is known as a premanufacture notice (PMN). Refer to chart below that details steps for determining whether a submission is required on a chemical substance.
EPA classifies chemical substances as either "existing" chemicals or "new" chemicals. "Existing" chemicals are chemicals that were already in commerce when TSCA was enacted in 1976 or chemicals that have undergone PMN review and are listed on the TSCA Inventory. To determine if a substance is a "new" chemical, consult EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory -- commonly referred to as the Inventory, which lists "existing" substances.
Any substance that is not on the TSCA Inventory is classified as a new chemical. Prior to manufacture (including import) of a new chemical for general commercial use, a notice must be filed with EPA under section 5 of TSCA.