The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its reporting and recordkeeping rule for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Any person that manufactures (including imports) or has manufactured (including imported) PFAS or PFAS-containing articles in any year since 1 January 2011, must submit information via online about PFAS uses, production volumes, disposal, exposures, and hazards. Any entities that have manufactured (including imported) PFAS in any year since 2011 will have 18 months following the effective date to report PFAS data to the EPA. Small manufacturers whose reporting obligations under the rule are exclusively from article imports will have 24 months from the effective date to report PFAS.  The rule has come to effective on 13 November, 2023.  

There are at least 1,462 PFAS chemicals have been identified under the reporting requirements of the reporting rules. Any chemical substances or mixture that contain a PFAS, which is listed on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory, or on the TSCA Section 5 Low Volume Exemption List, or if it meets the “structural definition” provided in the rule, is required to report.

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), in general, are referred to as ‘forever chemicals’. They can considered persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT), potentially causing adverse effects on wildlife and human populations. Public has already raised concern of PFAS exposure to various health issues, including risk of certain cancers, immune system disorder, and developmental problems in children.

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