TSCA Active-Inactive Rule: Practical Implications

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory as either ‘‘active’’ or ‘‘inactive’’ in U.S. commerce.  To satisfy that mandate, EPA promulgated the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) rule.

The Active-Inactive rule established both retrospective and forward-looking notification requirements for chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory.  These requirements should not be confused with the premanufacture notification (PMN) requirements for new chemical substances, that is, those not on the TSCA Inventory.  Together, these requirements impact all organizations that handle chemicals within their operations.

The deadlines for retrospective reporting have passed.  But, going forward, companies that manufacture, import, or process chemicals will need to determine the Inventory status and Activity designations of those chemicals and take action accordingly.  Also, companies that use chemicals need to ensure that the chemicals that they use are on the Inventory.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Understand the requirements applicable to existing chemicals under the Active-Inactive rule, as well as the PMN requirements applicable to new chemicals;
  2. Be able to determine which requirements apply to a given chemical substance based upon its Inventory status and Activity designation; and
  3. Understand their options for complying with the applicable requirements.


Date: April 11, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (EDT)

Duration: 60 minutes

  • English

Presenter(s): John Kowalski

John J. Kowalski is a Senior Regulatory Specialist with UL Chemicals.  In this role, he is responsible for monitoring new developments under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended, and for updating the TSCA-related content in the LOLI database and Navigator reference tool.

Mr. Kowalski also develops and presents TSCA-related seminars, webinars, and training courses, and he provides TSCA consulting services to both domestic clients and international clients who want to sell their products in the United States.

As a well-known and well-regarded TSCA regulatory expert, John often speaks on the subject at professional society conferences, and he writes numerous articles for UL’s blog.




The views, opinions and technical analyses presented here are those of the author, and are not necessarily those of UL LLC. All content is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced without prior authorization from UL. While the editors of this site may verify the accuracy of its content from time to time, we assume no responsibility for errors made by the author, editorial staff or any other contributor.