• Chemical Safety

    AFPM supports a tiered, targeted and risk-based approach to chemical safety. A number of chemical policies are currently being administered in the United States and throughout the world by government authorities and are coordinated internationally through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations. These policies include:

    • The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) addresses the testing of chemicals prior to their use in commerce. Any changes in TSCA should not restrict innovation in the chemical industry.
    • The Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, or REACH, is the chemicals management program adopted in Europe. These regulations can require extensive toxicity and other laboratory testing, and are based primarily on the quantities of chemicals produced or imported and not based on risk. The risk management features of REACH are similar to features found under U.S. laws. Users of chemicals are more directly involved in ensuring chemical safety under REACH and must work closely with supply chain partners throughout the process.
    • The United Nation’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), was designed to coordinate chemical risk management around the world. Although this process was created to provide a simple and strategically harmonized chemical risk management approach, it quickly diverged into several differing approaches.
    • The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, or CEPA, requires the Canadian government to evaluate and prioritize chemicals for further work, based on the criteria of persistence in the environment, potential exposure and accumulation in the body, and potential toxicity. Canada has already prioritized all chemicals in Canadian commerce and is working in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that chemicals are used safely.