The Chemical Prioritization Process

Formaldehyde was identified as a high-priority candidate chemical for TSCA risk evaluation. It is important to note that a designation of formaldehyde as a high-priority chemical “does not constitute a finding of risk” and should not be cause for concern. A high-priority designation simply means the EPA has nominated formaldehyde for risk evaluation.

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EPA’s Formaldehyde Risk Evaluation Must Be Transparent and Science Based:

  • EPA’s TSCA risk evaluation process provides a critical opportunity to strengthen the transparency, credibility, and quality of the science used to make regulatory decisions regarding the use of formaldehyde. EPA’s risk evaluation decisions must be consistent with the best available science and based upon the weight of the scientific evidence, as required by TSCA Sections 26(h) and (i).

What This Means for Your Business

The TSCA risk evaluation process will focus on the lifecycle of the chemical substance. If EPA’s TSCA risk evaluation identifies conditions of use of formaldehyde that present an unreasonable risk, EPA will be required to evaluate and implement risk management options associated with those applications. This could result in changes in how formaldehyde can be utilized in various applications.

Additionally, the result of EPA’s risk evaluation may also lead to modifications on permitting, procurement, and regulatory requirements at the federal and state level.

How Much a TSCA Risk Evaluation Costs

A $1.35 million fee for each EPA-initiated risk evaluation will be divided among companies that have manufactured or imported the chemical substance in any volume in the past five years, including companies that have imported articles containing that substance.

About the TSCA Risk Evaluation Formaldehyde Consortium

For years, several producers, suppliers and users of formaldehyde and formaldehyde products, as well as trade associations representing key formaldehyde applications, have organized as members of the ACC Formaldehyde Panel to conduct scientific research, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and educational outreach. The Panel has invested millions of dollars in conducting and communicating scientific research. This work has provided critical information for regulatory and scientific policy decision-making in the U.S. and abroad.

It is critical stakeholders continue these efforts and play an active role in the TSCA risk evaluation process and maximize all the opportunities to provide input to EPA. In an effort to share costs and promote efficiency, formaldehyde stakeholders have formed a consortium to collaborate on the development of comments and generate relevant data and information to inform the EPA TSCA risk evaluation.

Learn More

To learn more about the TSCA risk evaluation process and the formation of the formaldehyde consortium:

For more information, contact:
Kimberly Wise White, Ph.D. | American Chemistry Council


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