What is TSCA?
The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) defines the term “chemical substance” fairly broadly – meaning that it covers both organic and inorganic compounds, from traditional chemicals to microorganisms. TSCA regulates the introduction and use of new and existing substances, and is enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Essentially, this act prohibits the use of unapproved or unknown chemicals in manufacturing and importation.
Introducing: TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule
The amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to essentially update and reset the current TSCA inventory and to designate chemical substances as either “active” or “inactive”. To accomplish this, the EPA is requiring organizations to report all chemicals manufactured or imported in the U.S. in the past 10 years, through June 21, 2016.
To submit this information, companies must file all reports electronically through the U.S. EPA CDX system. All substances not reported to the EPA by the February 7, 2018 deadline will be designated as “inactive,” which will make them more difficult to manufacture, import or process. In fact, all “inactive” substances will be subject to delays and additional approval processes.
In order to comply with this regulation, businesses will perform necessary supply chain due diligence, including communication with suppliers to confirm TSCA Inventory Notification Status and to facilitate required reporting.
“I appreciate the quick turnaround time for Gensuite to deliver this tailored solution for such a time sensitive regulatory requirement. Gensuite team has also been very responsive to regulatory change and the needs of our organization. This solution will be an important part for our company strategy to meet the new TSCA requirement.” (Zelia Kranich Senior EHS Manager, Pitney Bowes Inc.)
A Solution in Less Than 3 months! … Extending Gensuite’s Product Compliance platform to address the new TSCA rule
By leveraging the Gensuite Product Compliance/Stewardship platform which centralizes and streamlines supplier engagement, data collection and product compliance tracking & reporting across global regulations and customer requirements, the Gensuite team and Subscriber Workgroup was able to conceptualize and deliver a solution to address the new TSCA rule in less than 3 months.
This new capability provides a simple and intuitive interface to collect supplier feedback and important information to allow the company to accurately report required information to the EPA utilizing Gensuite’s best-in-class Supplier Portal and integrated Compliance Program Management capabilities. It includes robust documentation and reporting capabilities, allowing for a company’s compliance team to review supplier inputs, escalate supplier issues, and adequately prepare for EPA reporting.