International effort to chronicle chemical info winds down

“This data on approximately 1,200 chemicals has been used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and regulators around the globe to characterize the potential hazards of these substances, and it has improved the ability of regulators to implement their chemical management programs,” she added.

Chemical companies, regulators and nongovernmental organizations worked together to compile the database of substances produced in high volumes and share information about environmental and health information.

That information gets used to review and screen chemicals for a variety of purposes.

The OECD committee running the program will begin to shift its focus to more hazardous chemicals starting in 2015, according to the ACC.

This summer, the head of the OECD program told BNA that its functions had largely been taken over by efforts in the U.S. and the European Union. 

Congress has begun an examination of current rules regulating toxic chemicals, but some hurdles have emerged in lawmakers’ efforts to rally around a single bill.

The chemical industry has warned against adopting a model based on the European system, which may require new tests for all chemicals heading to the market. Companies worry that would stifle innovation and needlessly delay new substances.