WASHINGTON — The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) recently testified in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection to call on Congress to adopt a logical and efficient chemical prioritization model to modernize an outdated law, according to a press release.
"Prioritizing Chemicals for Safety Determination" is a crucial element in achieving the global gold standard for chemicals management policy through modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), which provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the regulatory authority over chemicals in commerce, the release stated.
According to the release, given the more than three decades of scientific and technological advancements since TSCA was enacted, the industry groups say the statute is in need of a significant makeover.
The industry is proposing a risk-based model that the EPA can use to review and assess existing chemicals in commerce that takes into consideration both a chemical''s hazards and potential exposures, the release noted.
The members of CSPA, GMA, and SDA are committed to manufacturing and marketing safe and innovative products that provide essential benefits, including important public health benefits, to consumers while protecting human health and the environment, the release added.
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