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HPV Challenge Program

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Strategic Plan

Under Goal Four of EPA's Strategic Plan, EPA has committed, by 2011, to eliminate or effectively manage risks associated with 100 percent of High Production Volume (HPV) chemicals for which unreasonable risks have been identified through EPA risk assessments. (Baseline: EPA screening of data obtained through the HPV Challenge Program commenced in 2006; actions to obtain additional information needed to assess risks will commence as chemicals are identified as priority concerns through the screening process.)

The purpose of the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program is to ensure that basic health and environmental effects data on HPV chemicals are made available to the public. HPV chemicals are considered to be those manufactured or imported in amounts equal to or greater than 1 million pounds per year. A basic premise of the program is that the public has a right to know about the hazards associated with chemicals in their environment and that this information helps them to make wise choices in selecting which chemicals or consumer products to use.

EPA is expanding its HPV Challenge Program work and is extending its efforts to moderate production volume (MPV) chemicals. These efforts will be implemented under the new Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP). For more information about this program, read the ChAMP section of this report.

Since the HPV Challenge Program's inception in 1998, industry chemical manufacturers and importers have participated by sponsoring nearly 2,250 chemicals. Sponsorship involves a commitment to develop data summaries of relevant existing information and to conduct testing to fill any data gaps. More than 350 companies and 100 consortia have sponsored 1,386 chemicals directly in the program, and an additional 857 chemicals have been sponsored indirectly in an international counterpart to the HPV Challenge Program: the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) HPV Initiative. EPA issued an interim report entitled Status and Future Directions of the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program in November 2004 that includes background and a description of the program.

In an effort to increase accessibility to HPV data, OPPT launched the HPV Information System (HPVIS) Web database in 2006 to allow users to easily and comprehensively search for specific HPV chemical property data, and OPPT continues its effort to fully populate the Web database.

OPPT also has contributed to the development and release of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s eChemPortal, Exit EPA Disclaimer which also provides public access to information on the properties, hazards and risks of chemicals.

For more information on these information systems, read the HPVIS and International Work sections of this report and visit HPVIS and eChemPortal Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Accomplishments

Read more information on the HPV Challenge Program and on HPVIS.


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