Online Program

Reforming u.s. consumer product chemicals policy

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Richard Denison, Ph.D., Health Program, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC
The decades-old Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) fails to provide adequate authority to the EPA to effectively regulate chemicals and protect public health, and, as a result, only 5 chemicals have been restricted during its tenure. Thousands of chemicals were grandfathered in and new chemicals are introduced to the market without adequate safety testing. Chemical policy reform will shift the burden from the EPA to chemical companies and incentivizing innovations in green chemistry.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the current regulatory structure for consumer products. Synthesize regulatory framework and scientific evidence to formulate effective strategies.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 27 years of experience in the environmental arena, specializing in policy, hazard and risk assessment and management for industrial chemicals and nanomaterials. I have served on the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and am a member of NAS' Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.