SGIA Attends Public EPA Meeting on TSCA Chemical Identifiers for CBI

On May 24, 2017 SGIA attended EPA’s Public Meeting on Unique identifiers for Confidential Chemical Identities in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was for the EPA to get stakeholder input on confidential business information as it relates to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LSCA). Section 14(g) of LSCA requires the EPA to assign a unique identifier to each specific chemical identity for which the Agency approves a request for protection from disclosure. Once this identifier is assigned, the EPA must apply it to all information that is relevant to the applicable chemical substance. There are, however, several instances in which these requirements may cause CBI to inadvertently be disclosed. For example, if two companies submit a claim for CBI for and only one is granted confidentiality, both claims will use the same identifier in place of the chemical name. In this instance, someone could find the identity of the confidential chemical by looking at other records under that identifier. The meeting was a roundtable that gave attendees the opportunity to comment on how this should be approached. No consensus was met and the EPA did not comment on how it will move forward with this rule. SGIA continues to monitor this critical rulemaking. Sign up to receive the most up-to-date regulatory and legislative information about specialty imaging.
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