TSCA committee formed to advise EPA on chemical risk assessments

Members appointed to Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

Posted February 14, 2017

EPA announced the formation of a new scientific peer review committee established under the authority of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the law reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) will provide independent scientific advice and recommendations to EPA on the scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures and approaches for chemicals regulated under TSCA. SACC supersedes a similar committee formed in 2015 called the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee.

Panel members are appointed by the EPA Administrator from nominations received through public comment. Members serve for two- to three-year terms. Dr. Kenneth Portier of the American Cancer Society has been appointed as the SACC chairperson.

SACC members are experts in:

  • Toxicology,
  • Environmental risk assessment,
  • Exposure assessment, and
  • Related sciences (e.g., synthetic biology, pharmacology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, biochemistry, etc.).

According to the SACC charter document, the duties of the committee are solely advisory. Members will provide expert scientific advice, information, and recommendations to EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics on the evaluation of new and existing chemicals as required by TSCA.

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