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Requirements for Submitting Electronic TSCA Section 5 Notices

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New requirements

EPA recently updated the e-PMN software and, on July 20, 2015, EPA issued a final rule requiring submitters to:

These new requirements will take effect on January 19, 2016. EPA encourages submitters to register for CDX and for the updated e-PMN software (Thin Client) as soon as possible. The Agency will transition to the Thin Client software completely by January 19, 2016. Until then, submitters may use either the new version of the e-PMN software (Thin Client), or the previous version of the e-PMN software (eTSCA Client with and without the encryption algorithm - Thick Client).

Webinars on EPA's Updated PMN Submission System

Webinars to be held on August 26, 2015 - September 16, 2015 - September 30, 2015

EPA has developed a fully electronic, web-based (Thin Client) submission system for TSCA Section 5 submissions which will replace the ePMN reporting (Thick Client) software currently required to be used to submit certain TSCA Section 5 notifications and support documents to EPA.

EPA will provide three (3) outreach sessions listed below to walk submitters through the various modules of the new system. Attendees must use an operator-assisted conference for these sessions. EPA recommends dialing in at least 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the web demonstration. Please note: Prior to logging into a session, ensure your web browser is configured to allow pop-ups and enable Adobe Flash so you will be able to view the session. If you have any questions about your browser configuration, please contact your help desk.

Please note that the focus of the sessions is on the functionality of the system and that specific submission requirements will not be discussed during the demonstration.

EPA is very interested in obtaining feedback on these reporting modules once you have used the new software. For those unable to participate in this session, EPA will post copies of the slides and audio file on this web page. The updated ePMN Rule requiring this new system was published on July 20, 2015.

Complete PMN Forms Using e-PMN Software and Submit through Central Data Exchange (CDX)

In order to access and use the new e-PMN software (Thin Client), all users must register with CDX for the CSPP program service ("CSPP: Submissions for Chemical Safety and Pesticides Programs").

On this page you will find:

Overview

The e-PMN software enables manufacturers (including importers) of TSCA chemical substances to use the Internet, through EPA's CDX, to submit TSCA section 5 notices to the Agency. These notices include:

In order to submit documents electronically to EPA, you must pre-register with CDX and be approved by EPA. Six types of submitters may register with CDX (Thin Client): Primary Authorized Officials, Primary Agents/Consultants, and Primary Supports, as well as Secondary Authorized Officials, Secondary Agents/Consultants, and Secondary Supports.

If you have technical issues or problems regarding the e-PMN software or CDX registration, please contact the CDX Help Desk at helpdesk@epacdx.net or 888-890-1995. International callers who wish to contact the Help Desk should call 970-494-5500. If you have programmatic questions, please contact Kathryn Schechter at 202-564-8589 or e-mail Schechter.Kathryn@epa.gov, Anna Coutlakis at 202-564-9207 or e-mail Coutlakis.Anna@epa.gov, or Loraine Passe at 202-564-9064 or e-mail Passe.Loraine@epa.gov.

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Central Data Exchange (CDX) Registration and e-PMN Software User's Guides (Thin Client)

CDX Registration and access to the new e-PMN software (Thin Client)

Helpful Hints for CDX Registration and Submission via the e-PMN Thin Client (PDF) (19 pp, 199K)

Central Data Exchange Registration Guide (PDF) (146 pp, 6.9MB) - CDX Registration Guide - This guide describes how to register with CDX, how to add the Chemical Safety and Pesticides Programs service, and how to select a user role in order to submit TSCA section 5 documents to EPA via the Internet

Thin Client Section 5 Notices and Supports Primary Authorized Official User's Guide (PDF) (297 pp, 12.3MB) - CDX User's Guide - This guide describes how to use the Chemical Information Submission System (CISS) to submit TSCA section 5 documents to EPA via the Internet for a Primary Authorized Official

Thin Client Section 5 Notices and Supports Primary Agent Consultant User's Guide (PDF) (282 pp, 13.2MB) - This guide describes how to use the Chemical Information Submission System (CISS) to submit TSCA section 5 documents to EPA via the Internet for a Primary Agent/Consultant

Thin Client Section 5 Notices and Supports Primary Support User's Guide (PDF) (259 pp, 9.6MB) - This guide describes how to use the Chemical Information Submission System (CISS) to edit TSCA section 5 documents via the Internet for a registered Support person

Thin Client Section 5 Notices and Supports Secondary Authorized Official User's Guide (PDF) (194 pp, 7.6MB) - This guide describes how to use the Chemical Information Submission System (CISS) to submit Secondary TSCA section 5 documents to EPA via the Internet for a Secondary Authorized Official

Thin Client Section 5 Notices and Supports Secondary Agent Consultant User's Guide (PDF) (192 pp, 8.0MB) - This guide describes how to use the Chemical Information Submission System (CISS) to submit Secondary TSCA section 5 documents to EPA via the Internet for a Secondary Agent/Consultant

Thin Client Section 5 Notices and Supports Secondary Support User's Guide (PDF) (167 pp, 5.8MB) - This guide describes how to use the Chemical Information Submission System (CISS) to edit Secondary TSCA section 5 documents to EPA via the Internet for a registered Support person

XML Schema for e-PMN Thin Client

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Previous version of e-PMN Software Download (version WITHOUT encryption software) (eTSCA Thick Client)

Electronic Toxic Substances Control Act (eTSCA)/e-PMN Reporting Tool (PDF) (68 pp, 4.6MB) e-PMN User's Guide - This guide describes how to use the e-PMN tool to create various TSCA section 5 reporting forms

Helpful Hints for Use of the eTSCA/e-PMN Submission Software (PDF) (16 pp, 54K)

PLEASE UNINSTALL ANY PRE-EXISTING eTSCA/e-PMN SOFTWARE (Thick Client) BEFORE DOWNLOADING THE SOFTWARE VERSION BELOW.

NOTE: This software cannot be used to submit directly/electronically via CDX.

eTSCA/e-PMN Client Download for software without encryption (Thick Client).

Why are there two versions of the e-PMN software?

EPA needed to limit accessibility of e-PMN software that contained the encryption software (FIPS-validated RSA BSAFE Crypto-J) because of Export Administration regulations. Therefore, the Agency made a more easily accessible version of the e-PMN software available that does not contain the encryption portion of the software.

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Registration and Software Definitions for Thin Client

Who is a Primary Authorized Official and what can a Primary Authorized Official submit?

An Authorized Official is a person in a company legally responsible for the data in the notice. Generally this would be the person who signs the certification page. A Primary Authorized Official may submit any section 5 document via CDX to EPA. This includes section 5 Notices (PMN, SNUN, LVE, TMEA, LoREX, Modifications to LVE and LoREX, Biotechnology, Bona Fide, NOC and Letters of Support) and support documents to the section 5 Notices (amendments, test data, and correspondence). Note: Only Authorized Officials may submit section 5 Notices.

A Primary Authorized Official can also assign persons to work on their behalf (Agents/Consultants and Support persons); see below.

Who is a Secondary Authorized Official and what can a Secondary Authorized Official submit?

A Secondary Authorized Official is a person in a company legally responsible for the data in the notice who will be submitting information in a joint submission or Letter of Support. Generally this would be the person who signs the certification page. A Secondary Authorized Official may submit joint submissions or Letters of Support to any section 5 document via CDX to EPA. This includes section 5 Notices (PMN, SNUN, LVE, TMEA, LoREX, Modifications to LVE and LoREX, Biotechnology, and Bona Fide). Note: Only Authorized Officials may submit section 5 Notices.

A Secondary Authorized Official can also assign persons to work on their behalf (Agents/Consultants and Support persons); see below.

Who is a Primary Agent/Consultant and what can a Primary Agent/Consult submit?

A Primary Agent/Consultant is a person not of the submitting company who wishes to create section 5 notices on behalf of the Authorized Official. These persons will also be able to submit amendments to the original notice and be able to submit supporting documentation (test data and other correspondence).

Note: Only Authorized Officials may submit the original section 5 Notices.

Who is a Secondary Agent/Consultant and what can a Secondary Agent/Consult submit?

A Secondary Agent/Consultant is a person not of the submitting company who wishes to create joint submissions or Letters of Support on behalf of the Secondary Authorized Official. These persons will also be able to submit amendments to the original joint submission/Letter of Support.

Note: Only Authorized Officials may submit the original section 5 Notices.

Who is a Primary Support Registrant and what can a Primary Support Registrant submit?

A Primary Support Registrant is a person designated by an Authorized Official to edit e-PMN documents on behalf of an Authorized Official. The Support Registrant can be another person from the Authorized Official's company or can be a person from outside the company.

A Support Registrant may not submit any documents.

Who is a Secondary Support Registrant and what can a Secondary Support Registrant submit?

A Secondary Support Registrant is a person designated by a Secondary Authorized Official to edit joint submissions or Letter of Support documents on behalf of an Authorized Official. The Support Registrant can be another person from the Authorized Official's company or can be person from outside the company.

A Support Registrant may not submit any documents.

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