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The High Production Volume Information System (HPVIS) was developed to assist in the collection, review and reporting of High Production Volume chemicals. The information contained in HPVIS provides critical basic information about the environmental fate and potential hazards associated with these chemicals.
HPVIS contains data on more than 50 endpoints organized into the following four endpoint areas:
- Physical/chemical properties (e.g., melting point, vapor pressure);
- Environmental fate and pathways (e.g., biodegradation, stability in soil);
- Ecotoxicity (e.g., fish toxicity, toxicity to terrestrial plants); and
- Mammalian health effects (e.g., reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity).
When combined with information about exposure and uses (e.g., from the Inventory Update Reporting rule), the HPVIS data will enable EPA and others to evaluate potential health and environmental hazard and exposure and identify priorities for appropriate follow-up action.
- EPA’s HPVIS database has been on the Web for public use since April 2006. As of June 2008, HPVIS contained 360 submissions, representing 1,008 chemical substances, either as a single chemical submission or as a member of a chemical category.
- The first hazard characterizations (HCs) were posted in September 2007. HCs are EPA's characterization of screening-level hazard data submitted to the Agency on high-production volume chemicals through the HPV Challenge Program. While screening-level HCs provide a vehicle for public access to more than raw technical data on the hazards of HPV chemicals, they are not an evaluation of the potential risks of a chemical. Each HC includes:
- A summary of submitted data,
- EPA's evaluation of the quality and completeness of the data, and
- EPA's determination of the potential hazards a chemical or chemical category may pose to human health or the environment.
- By June 2008, hazard characterizations for 275 chemicals were posted.
- EPA began developing initial risk-based prioritization documents, which are screening-level documents that summarize basic hazard and exposure information on HPV chemicals, identify potential risks, note scientific issues and uncertainties, and indicate the initial priority for potential future action by the Agency.
- In March 2008, EPA created the Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP), broadening the efforts of the HPV Challenge Program and extending the Agency's work to encompass hazard characterizations and prioritizations for moderate production volume chemicals produced in quantities of 25,000 pound per year to 1 million pounds per year, in addition to data on HPV chemicals.
By June 2008, the Agency posted to its HPVIS Web site risk-based prioritizations for 19 chemicals, and will continue to develop and post prioritizations for additional chemicals. For more information on this work, read the ChAMP section of this report. For information on the progress of these documents, visit the ChAMP Web site.
- EPA held two regional workshops as a follow-up to the first HPV Data Users Conference, "Characterizing Chemicals in Commerce," held December 12-14, 2006, in Austin, Texas. The workshops were attended by approximately 45 attendees representing state and EPA officials, industry representatives and academic researchers.
Attendees learned about the EPA HPV Challenge Program, shared experiences about uses of HPV data and developed ideas on how agencies and programs in the EPA regions could use this data.
- The first workshop took place on June 14, 2007 in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.
- The second workshop took place on September 27, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Read more information on the High Production Volume Information System (HPVIS). OPPT has contributed to the development and release of a similar database, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s eChemPortal, which also provides public access to information on the properties, hazards and risks of chemicals. Read more information about the eChemPortal in the International Work section of this report.