We all knew that modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) through passage and implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) would create a new era of chemical regulation in the United States. What we may not have known was that the statutory change would coincide with major changes in our political landscape. The confluence of these changes provides an important opportunity for us to learn and work together.
This year’s GlobalChem will provide an opportunity for us to continue to strengthen our partnership among industry stakeholders and EPA. With the LCSA, industry, regulators and stakeholders are all looking to align approaches to chemical management consistent with Congressional intent and throughout the value chain. LCSA holds particular promise for aligning interests in international chemical regulation as well. During each session at GlobalChem 2017, we will explore these new opportunities and gain insight as to the future of the chemical industry.
GlobalChem will feature robust discussions on implementation of the LCSA, including a focus on how the Canadian Chemicals Management Plan influences and complements U.S. law. Together, the Canadian and U.S. chemical systems can be a positive influence and model for science- and risk-based approaches to chemical regulation in other countries.
During the discussions on international developments at GlobalChem, we will explore how it is essential that governments take a step-by-step approach to implement chemical regulations, starting with building basic capacity to manage chemicals safely. For example, implementing the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS), which provides essential product information (including safety precautions) to users and workers, can help build foundational knowledge for both industry and government regarding chemicals, their hazards and risk management procedures. Once implemented, it can also help collect information on the chemicals in commerce in a particular country.
Please join with ACC, regulators, manufacturers and other industry professionals at GlobalChem 2017 to learn more about how a comprehensive, modern chemical management system can serve as a potential warehouse of information, as well as a way to give people greater confidence that chemicals in commerce are being used safely.
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