Everything you need to know about the TSCA Section 5 review process

The passage of the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on 22 June 2016 had a profound impact on the US new chemicals programme. This training course will highlight important changes to that programme and provide technical training on the risk assessment process. This course builds upon training material originally developed under the US EPA Sustainable Futures programme.

Over the course of six modules, you will learn about a variety of methods and models you can use to conduct a preliminary risk assessment before submitting new chemical notifications to the EPA. Using these you will be able to better anticipate regulatory concerns and identify critical outcomes. The trainer, Kelly E Mayo-Bean, will highlight useful notification strategies and demonstrate tools to help identify activities that carry risk, support targeted testing strategies and potentially reduce EPA review time. The course includes in-depth presentations on hazard, exposure and risk screening that address ecological and human health concerns, and will provide hands-on sessions with EPA and OECD computer-based models. 

Topics to be covered include EPA and OECD approaches to:

  • determining important physico-chemical properties of a substance, along with methods to identify environmental attributes of concern; 
  • creating a screening level hazard assessment for human health and primary environmental media with a focus on principles for analogue analysis and read across to fill data gaps; and
  • modelling industrial operations including manufacturing, processing, commercial and consumer-use activities, and the potential environmental release and human exposure from those activities.

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