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Electronic Reporting Requirements for Certain Information under the Toxic Substances Control Act

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Final Rule

On December 4, 2013 EPA finalized a rule to require electronic reporting of certain information submitted to the Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) sections 4, 5, 8(a) and 8(d). The final rule follows two previous rules requiring similar electronic reporting of information submitted to EPA (for TSCA Chemical Data Reporting and for Pre-Manufacture Notifications), and is intended to save time, improve data quality and increase efficiency.

Specifically, the final rule requires electronic submission of data and other information for:

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Submitters are required to use EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX), the Agency's electronic reporting site. Read about CDX, and see the reporting instructions below.

Notice for the Electronic Reporting Option for Substantial Risk Notifications and “For Your Information” (FYI) Submissions

TSCA Section 8(e) requires U.S. chemical manufacturers, importers, processors, and distributors to notify EPA immediately of information that reasonably supports the conclusion that their substances or mixtures presents a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment. EPA’s guidance states that substantial risk notifications under TSCA Section 8(e) should be submitted within 30 calendar days of obtaining substantial risk information. Submitters of substantial risk notifications pursuant to TSCA Section 8(e) and voluntary “For Your Information” (FYI) submissions now have the option to file electronically, rather than by paper. As of March 19, 2014, submitters of Substantial Risk Notifications and “For Your Information” reports under TSCA Section 8(e) can utilize electronic reporting.

How To Report Electronically

Under the final rule, submitters are required to:

Note: Users who have previously registered with CDX to submit data under TSCA section 5 or for the Toxics Release Inventory TRI-ME Program are able to add "Submission for Chemical Safety and Pesticide Program (CSPP)" to their current registration.

This reporting tool is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX based computers, and uses "Extensible Markup Language" (XML) specifications for efficient data transmission across the Internet.

The CISS Web reporting tool has several important features:

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Data Requirements Subject to the Final Rule

Under the final rule, electronic reporting is required for the following information:

Section 4 Test Rules
Section 4 Enforceable Consent Agreements (ECAs)
Section 5 Notices of Commencement of Manufacture or Import ("NOCs") and support documents relating to TSCA section 5 Notices sent to EPA before April 6, 2010
Section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information
Section 8(d) Health and Safety Studies

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Resources

CDX Registration Process

CSPP User Guides

CSPP Webinar Materials

December 12, 2013, EPA presented a webinar of the TSCA section 4 and 8 reporting. See the slide presentation (PDF) (159 pp., 2.8 mb.) About PDF) and presentation recording.

December 5, 2012, EPA presented a webinar of on the enhanced CDX registration website and process. See the slide presentation (PDF) (56 pp., 2.8 MB)

For Help with CDX and the CISS Reporting Tool:

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