Voluntary Testing Agreements
Voluntary testing agreements require industry to come forward with a
voluntary testing program before EPA contemplates or issues final test
Studies on chemicals subject to voluntary testing agreements can be conducted by using test guidelines of industry's choice.
EPA does not need to make any statutory TSCA Section 4 findings for voluntary testing agreements.
During the creation of voluntary testing agreements, the EPA/industry relationship is generally cordial and agreement can sometimes be reached via a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU).
Testing can begin immediately on chemicals subject to voluntary testing agreements.
For chemicals subject to voluntary testing agreements, industry has no TSCA Section 12(b) export notification requirement.
Like Enforceable Consent Agreements (ECAs), voluntary testing agreements allow a great deal of recognition for industry efforts in that companies can offer voluntary programs that combine chemical testing with product stewardship activities.