The Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) was called for by the 1998 Chemical Right to Know Initiative, the goal of which was to give citizens information on the effects of chemicals to enable them to make wise choices in the home and marketplace. Launched in December 2000, VCCEP is the portion of that initiative that deals with risks to children.
In implementing VCCEP, EPA asked companies that manufactured or imported one or more of 23 chemicals to which children have a high likelihood of exposure, to volunteer to provide information on health effects, exposure, risk, and data needs. Thirty-five companies and 10 consortia responded, volunteering to sponsor 20 of the 23 chemicals. VCCEP is being implemented first as a pilot -- the goal is to learn from this trial before a final VCCEP process is determined and before additional chemicals are selected.
This Web site provides links by chemical to the assessments prepared by the sponsors, opinions of the assessments from independent experts, and EPA's decisions as to whether additional data are needed to fully characterize a chemical's risk to children.
This site offers:
- Basic Information - VCCEP's origins, program components, and the scientific criteria used in selecting the chemicals for the pilot program.
- How to Sponsor - What to include in a commitment letter and where to send it.
- Who are the Sponsors - Companies and consortia that have volunteered to provide chemical assessments to the pilot VCCEP.
- VCCEP Chemicals - Names, CAS numbers, status, data. How to access chemical assessments, peer consultation reports, EPA's data needs decisions.
- Chemical Assessments - How to prepare and submit chemical assessments to EPA under the VCCEP program.
- Peer Consultation - Information on the peer consultation process.
- Interim Evaluation of VCCEP Pilot and Proposed Modifications - A summary of comments on the implementation of the VCCEP pilot. EPA proposes to modify VCCEP.
- Frequent Questions - Information to help sponsors and potential sponsors.