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EPA's existing chemical programs address pollution prevention, risk assessment, hazard and exposure assessment and characterization, and risk management for chemical substances in commercial use. The Agency uses statutory authorities including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Pollution Prevention Act and the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, as well as voluntary activities, in its implementation of these programs. This site provides information on EPA's programs for existing chemicals.

(TSCA) requires EPA to compile, keep current, and publish a list of each chemical substance that is manufactured or processed in the United States. Chemicals substances on the Inventory include: organics, inorganics, polymers, and UVCBs (chemical substances of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products, and biological materials). The Inventory covers chemical substances subject to other U.S. statutes, such as foods and food additives, pesticides, drugs, cosmetics, tobacco, nuclear material, or munitions. As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to strengthen chemical management and increase information on chemicals, for the first time, in 2010, EPA provided free Web access to the Inventory and made it available on, a government-wide Website developed to provide public access to important government federal information.

International Programme on Chemical Safety provides access to internationally peer reviewed information on chemicals commonly used throughout the world, which may also occur as contaminants in the environment and food. It consolidates information from a number of intergovernmental organizations whose goal it is to assist in the sound management of chemicals.

United Nations Environment Programme, Chemicals Branch: UNEP Chemicals works to protect humans and the environment from adverse effects caused by chemicals throughout their lifecycle, and hazardous waste. It is the focal point of UNEP activities on chemicals issues and the main force in the UN system for concerted global action on the environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals.

Toxipedia is a free toxicology encyclopedia offering articles and resources about toxic chemicals (such as pesticides and endocrine disruptors), health conditions, ethical considerations, the history of toxicology, laws and regulation, and more. The goal of this website is to provide scientific information in the context of history, society, and culture so that the public has the information needed to make sound choices that protect both human and environmental health.