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This presentation was delivered at the 2019 Product Stewardship conference in Columbus, OH on September 11th. The description of the session is below
"Mention the phrase "chemical nomenclature" and you'll likely receive more than a few head scratches and eye rolls. The fact remains, however, that these important rules, implemented by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), influence many of the products you buy every day. The existing system could benefit from improved rules and guidance.
Here are some current issues: Manufacturers can be locked into specific suppliers due to naming conventions; existing chemicals may require pre-manufacturing notices if sourced from a different organism; and outdated, sometimes incorrect names on inventory cannot be corrected by anyone other than the original notifier, a particularly difficult situation if the manufacturer is no longer in business. These issues can proliferate as more and more countries inherit nomenclature problems that started here, or develop nomenclature systems of their own.
Come and learn about existing problems, international approaches, and potential solutions to one of the fascinating, yet arcane aspects of the TSCA framework."