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The EPA has issued a final rule adding the category of lead and lead compounds to the TSCA Section 8(d)-model HaSDR rule. The change was requested by the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) in its 60th report.
The final rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of consumer products intended for use by children who also manufacture (including import) lead or lead compounds to report certain unpublished health and safety data to the EPA.
Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. 716.20(b)(5), the rule specifies the types of environmental fate, health, and/or environmental effects studies that must be reported and the chemical grade/purity requirements that must be met or exceeded in individual studies for lead and lead compounds.
The rule requires the submission of all unpublished health and safety studies that: (1) relate to the lead content of consumer products that are “intended for use by children,” or (2) assess children’s exposure to lead from such products (including studies of bioavailability). With regard to grade/purity requirements, studies showing any measurable lead content in such products must be submitted.
The exclusion for children’s metal jewelry functions to exempt studies on those products that are already being directly addressed by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. This final rule does not require reporting of any other health and safety studies. The rule was effective on Feb. 28, 2008.
View the document at www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-TOX/2008/January/Day-28/t1413.htm.