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Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA

Introduction to ChemView

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To improve chemical safety and provide more streamlined access to information on chemicals, EPA has built and is constantly expanding content in ChemView, which greatly improves access to health and safety data on chemicals regulated under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It contains information EPA receives and develops about chemicals including those on  EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredient List.

ChemView is part of EPA's commitment to strengthen its chemicals management programs by improving access to and the usefulness of chemical information. The goal is for people to easily get information they need to make safe chemical choices and to help businesses, individuals and others make more informed decisions about the chemicals they use.

What’s new in ChemView?

May 31, 2019 -- As part of EPA's efforts to increase transparancy, the Agency is working to provide the public with close to real-time, electronic access to industry pre-manufacture notices for new chemicals, including health and safety studies and other information relevant to EPA’s safety review. This step is one of EPA's commitments to enhance transparency and provide the public with information on new chemicals as part of the Agency’s implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.

On May 31st, EPA posted six Pre-Manufacture Notices (PMNs) and associated attachments into ChemView, EPA’s electronic chemicals database. EPA chose these six cases because they were submitted recently, and they will serve as examples of what is to become routine practice. Moving forward, EPA will make TSCA Section 5 (PMN, MCAN and SNUN) notices, their attachments, including any health and safety studies, any modifications thereto, and all other associated information publicly available in ChemView within 45 days of their receipt – in the form they are received by EPA.  EPA will not be reviewing CBI-sanitized filings before publishing.

To search for these notices, go to the Show Output Selection box in ChemView and click the arrowm to expand the Data Submitted to EPA tab, then click on the box next to New Chemical Notices, then click the green Generate Results box. The cases will come up on the right side of your screen.

TSCA Information in ChemView

EPA is populating the ChemView database in phases, and it currently contains information on approximately 16,500 chemical substances.

ChemView provides key information in a layered summary format and provides links to underlying studies or other source documents. At this time, users can find information organized in templates for the following:

Data Submitted to EPA

  • Test rule data for 210 chemicals
  • TSCA §8(e) substantial risk notices for over 3,800 chemicals
  • TSCA §8(d) unpublished health and safety studies submitted under TSCA for 140 chemicals
  • High Production Volume Information System voluntary submissions for 1,516 chemicals
  • New Chemical Notices for submissions after May 31st, 2019, representing PMNs, SNUNs and MCANs.

EPA Assessments

  • Hazard Characterizations for 1,272 chemicals
  • Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessments for 498 chemicals
  • Design for the Environment Alternatives Assessments for 48 Chemicals
  • Design for the Environment List of Safer Chemical Ingredients for approximately 900 chemicals

EPA Actions

  • Significant New Use Rules for over 2,900 chemicals, representing final actions on new chemicals and proposed and final actions on existing chemicals.
  • Premanufacture Notice Review Determinations for over 150 chemicals
  • TSCA §5 Orders for over 1,700 chemicals. (TSCA §5 Orders represent the outcome of EPA's review of a premanufacture notice (PMN) for a new chemical substance where an order under TSCA §5(e) is issued.)  
  • A current list of all the chemicals subject to TSCA §12(b) export notification requirements is available.

Manufacturing, Processing, Use, and Release Data

  • Chemical Data Reporting for 10,039 chemicals from 2012 and 2016 reporting years
  • Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for over 700 chemicals (includes older data for chemicals removed from the TRI list)
  • Pollution Prevention (P2) information for 523 TRI chemicals

Features and Search Capabilities

Highlights:

  • Easy access to thousands of documents, including hazard characterizations, alternative assessments, test data submitted to EPA, and TSCA regulatory actions
  • Summary information with links to more detailed information, e.g., the submitted study or Federal Register notice
  • Chemical synonyms with auto-fill to power the search engine

ChemView features a number on search parameters, including:

  • A range of chemical identifiers, including CAS, Accession, PMN numbers or Unique Identifiers (UID)
  • Individual or multiple chemicals (by chemical name or CAS identifier)
  • Endpoint (health or environmental effect)
  • Functional Use and Use categories for Significant New Use Rules (SNURs)
  • Chemical Category
  • Chemical Group (for example: 2014 TSCA Work Plan chemicals, Safer Chemical Ingredients List, or chemicals subject to TSCA §12(b) export notification
  • Advanced Search
    • Company Name
    • Relevant Dates (for example: Premanufacture Notification determination date)
    • Document Information (PMN case number, 8EHQ case number and document control numbers (DCN))

For one or multiple chemicals, users can select the type of information they wish to obtain including:

  • Data Submitted to EPA
  • EPA Assessments
  • EPA Actions
  • Manufacturing, Processing, Use and Release Data Maintained by EPA

ChemView can be used to:

  • Tailor a search by using various combinations from the criteria listed above
  • Identify chemicals by searching for certain health effects (endpoints)
  • Compare data for multiple chemicals
  • Identify specific actions EPA has taken on the chemical
  • Export data for additional analysis
  • Identify and view documents on safer chemical ingredients
  • Identify and view TSCA-related information
  • Obtain source documents
  • Identify and view information provided by the EPA and other federal organizations

Other Sources tab

ChemView has expanded search capabilities via the Other Sources tab.  The public is able to gain access simultaneously to searches of reports and dataset information provided by other EPA Offices and federal organizations via ChemView.  This expanded search allows users to view, compare, and analyze multiple sources of chemical data. Other Sources currently holds datasets from six federal government related data portals, including:

  • EPA's TRI Pollution Prevention activity search tool
  • NIH’s ChemIDPlus
  • OSHA’s Occupational Chemical Database
  • EPA’s ECOTOX Database
  • NIH's PubChem
  • NIH’s Chemical Effects in Biological Systems (CEBS)
  • EPA’s ORD Chemistry Dashboard
  • EPA’s Pesticide Chemical Search
  • CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Your Feedback and Questions

EPA continues to develop and enhance the system with new features, functionality and information. EPA appreciates feedback from the user community on the types of information and design that would be useful in their searches and analyziz of chemical information.  

We appreciate any comments on how to improve the functionality, content and appearance of ChemView. You may contact us to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem.

EPA's ChemView web tool is not associated with ChemViews, the online magazine of ChemPubSoc Europe.