University of Nebraska Medical Center

Chemical Shipments Compliance (TSCA)

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1976 (40 CFR Part 700 through Part 799) to ensure the hazards posed by chemical substances are identified and controlled. Institutions that manufacture or import chemicals for commercial distribution must adhere to a strict set of reporting requirements under TSCA; however most activity at the University qualifies for a "Research and Development" exemption.

In order to qualify for the R&D exemption the chemicals must:

  1. Be imported, manufactured, or used in small quantities
  2. Be used for non‐commercial scientific experimentation, analysis or research
  3. Be used under the supervision of a technically qualified individual

If your lab is importing or manufacturing chemicals for commercial purposes, email Environmental Health & Safety or call 402-559-6356 for further instruction.

Not all chemical substances are regulated by TSCA. The following items are not regulated by TSCA:

  • Tobacco and tobacco products regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • Food, food additives, drugs, and cosmetics regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Radioactive materials regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Pesticides regulated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)

Note: If your substance does not fall under TSCA you must follow the regulations of the appropriate authority. Email Environmental Health & Safety or call 402-559-6356 for further compliance with these regulating bodies.

Research and Development activities are exempt from the bulk of TSCA regulations, however to be in compliance you must follow these procedures for documentation and notification when you send or receive chemicals in your lab.