Toxic Substances Control Act News Update

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The TSCA addresses the production, importation, use and disposal of specific chemicals.  This would be the first major new U.S. environmental law in the last two decades.  It is important for manufacturers and research development teams alike to be aware of this because personal care and cosmetic ingredients will come under renewed scrutiny.

Consumers, industry groups and activists for cruelty free and consumer safety are eager for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to more closely examine certain chemicals and methods.  The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), which represents a diverse membership of chemical companies around the world has even stated that they “look forward to swift passage in the Senate and President Obama’s signature on this final bill.

The reformed bill will include further provisions that would minimize how and when animal testing would be used to evaluate chemical safety.  According to the Humane Society, it will prioritize the research and development of new testing methods that will require the use of existing alternatives to animal testing where this option is available.  SOCMA and the Humane Society are confident that it will pass through the Senate and be soon signed by the President.

This bill will give the EPA authority to decide where potentially harmful chemicals can be used in consumer goods before being placed on the market.  According to several reports, there are tens of thousands of chemicals that could potentially fall under scrutiny in light of the new law.  The chemicals that have already been singled out include methylene chloride, phthalates, formaldehyde and BPA, all of which are commonly used in cosmetics.

We hope that this information is helpful to you.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Focal Point Research.  As leading scientists in this industry and qualified Cosmetic Regulatory Consultants, we work very closely with these type of products and regulations.  You can trust FPR to help guide your company in the right direction.