Frequent Questions

What is the New Chemicals Program?

The Environmental Protection Agency established the New Chemicals Program, located in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, to help manage the potential risk from chemicals new to the marketplace. It is mandated by section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA, enacted by Congress in 1976, gives EPA broad authority to identify and control substances that may pose a threat to human health or the environment. The New Chemicals Program functions as a "gatekeeper" that can identify conditions, up to and including a ban on production, to be placed on the use of a new chemical before it is entered into commerce.

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