Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)


Definition - What does Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) mean?

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TCSA) is the main regulation used in the United States to control the use of chemicals in everyday products. The Act was passed in 1976, and is administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The main objective of the Act is to assess and regulate new commercial chemicals before they are introduced into the market.

Safeopedia explains Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

The TCSA regulates chemicals that were already in existence when the Act came into force in 1976. It assesses and regulates in regard to those chemicals that pose an unreasonable risk to health or to the environment. Examples of these are PCBs, lead, mercury and radon. Any chemicals that are not on the TCSA inventory or subject to an exemption is prohibited from manufacture.

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