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EPA - Recent Regulatory Changes from the Federal Government
EPA Requiring Up-Front Substantiation of Confidential Business Information Claims
While the effective-date of this action is March 20, 2017, submissions containing information claimed as CBI filed between June 22, 2016 and March 20, 2017, must provide substantiation for all information claimed as confidential, other than information exempted, by September 18, 2017.
EPA Issues Final Rule on the Reporting and Recordkeeping of Nanoscale Materials
In this final rule, EPA is requiring that companies that manufacture (including importers), intend to manufacture (including importers), process, or intend to process certain nanoscale chemical substances electronically report (one time) and maintain records for three years.
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) - New Rules and Regulations Affecting Your Company
"New TSCA” Rules Provide Opportunities for Proactive Companies
From January 12–17, 2017, EPA quickly released three new proposed rules related to “New TSCA” in reference to existing chemicals in the marketplace. This article discusses all three proposed rules.
Increasing EPA Data Needs for New Substances under the “New” TSCA – Don’t Panic, There are Tools for That!
Amid concerns from the regulated community that a new suite of data must be generated to support Premanufacture Notices (PMNs), it is important to recognize the benefits of providing data, to understand the most critical data needs, and to use the available avenues for estimating properties in lieu of conducting testing when appropriate.
Product Stewardship - How Product Stewardship is Going Beyond Regulatory Compliance
The Business Case for Product Stewardship
A company is best positioned when it understands its products holistically. Proactive approaches to product stewardship and chemical management make companies less vulnerable and prepared for any future challenge to their products’ integrity.
Looking Forward - The Next Generation of Product Stewardship
In this case study, we highlight how Exponent helped a multinational company modernize their product sustainability program to encompass the health, ecological impact, and policies of their materials.
Health Fields - Updates from a Variety of Health Fields
Washington State Department of Health Finds No Increase in Cancer Risk Among Soccer Players Who Used artificial Turf Fields
In light of public concerns about the possible effect of crumb rubber turf infill on cancer risk, the Washington State Department of Health and researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health collaborated to conduct an investigation of cancer among soccer players compared with the general population, and to evaluate demographic and soccer-related risk factors among the cancer patients on the coach’s list.
Current Test Methods are Adequate for Identification of Endocrine Adverse Health Effects
Exponent completed an independent comprehensive review of the current regulatory test methods and validated test guidelines for ability of test methods to collectively identify endocrine adverse health effects. Approximately 42 existing validated test methods and test guidelines were considered in the evaluation of coverage for endocrine-related adverse health effects, biological pathways and diseases using the adverse outcome pathway framework.
QSAR Testing and the New European Guidance on the Definition of the Residue
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recently issued guidance on the establishment of the residue definition for dietary risk assessment of pesticides. In it, the process of DOR-setting is formalised by providing standard criteria to decide whether or not each metabolite should be included in the residue definition (for risk assessment; the residue definition for monitoring/enforcement is unaffected).
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