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TSCA Essentials

TSCA Essentials Training Course Overview

ChemADVISOR understands how critical it is for companies that manufacture, import, process, or use chemicals in the US to possess the fundamental understandings of how the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) affects their businesses. This three-day course is designed to provide TSCA practitioners, both new and experienced, with the tools needed to perform their daily work. The course will use interactive instruction with a focus on today’s TSCA, where electronic reporting is the norm for Section 5 notices and other submissions.

Students attending this course will learn about all of the major requirements under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new and existing chemicals programs. They will also learn how to:

  • find the information that they’ll need to do their jobs on a daily basis;
  • determine the TSCA Inventory status of the chemicals that their companies manufacture, import, process, or use; and,
  • prepare PMNs and Section 5 exemption applications using EPA’s e-PMN software.

In addition, students will be provided with citations to the relevant sections of the TSCA statute and the corresponding EPA regulations, as well as applicable Agency guidance documents, for all of the major requirements under TSCA. Finally, they will be provided with hard copy handouts prepared by ChemADVISOR and electronic versions of EPA guidance documents, all of which will serve as handy references going forward.


This course covers all sections of the TSCA regulation with an emphasis on Section 5 notifications and Section 8 and other reporting requirements.


This course is designed to provide a solid base of knowledge for those new to TSCA and as a practical learning experience and refresher for more experienced practitioners. Thus, there are no knowledge or course prerequisites. However, all students must either:

  • bring their own notebook or laptop computer, or
  • request to use a ChemADVISOR laptop at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

To get the full benefit of this course, students should also:

Instructions for completing these steps will be provided in an e-mail message that you’ll receive after registering for this course.  Once you complete this process, you’ll be able to access the cloud-based e-PMN Software (aka the Thin Client), from any computer connected to the internet, by logging in to CDX.


Part 1:  Introduction to TSCA

1. TSCA Regulatory Perspective
2. History and Background Information
3. TSCA Information Sources
Exercise for Module 3
4. The TSCA Inventory
Exercise for Module 4

Part 2: New Chemicals Program

5. Premanufacture Notification for New Chemical Substances
Exercise for Module 5
6. Premanufacture Notification Exemptions
Exercise for Module 6
7. Significant New Use Rules
Exercise for Module 7
8. Reporting Requirements for Microorganisms (Optional)

Part 3: Section 5 Notice Preparation

9. Section 5 Notice Preparation
a.The e-PMN Final Rule
b. Instructions for Reporting
c. Scenario Parts I, II, and III
d. EPA’s PMN Review Process

Part 4: Existing Chemicals Program

10. Reporting and Retention of Information
Exercise for Module 10
11. Testing of Chemical Substances and Mixtures
Exercise for Module 11
12. Regulation of Hazardous Chemical Substances and Mixtures
Exercise for Module 12
13. Chemical Exports and Imports
Exercise for Module 13

Part 5: Enforcement, Compliance and Wrap-Up

14. TSCA Enforcement and Compliance
15. Course Wrap-Up

Review/Final Q&A

Training courses are primarily at our Pittsburgh, PA training facility and a few other locations around the US and EU. Some of our courses are online, as are an evolving list of webinars. Any of our courses can be also be scheduled privately for your company.


Event DatesLocationSeats AvailableEvent Registration
Feb 6, 2018 - Feb 8, 2018Pittsburgh, PAClosedRegistration Closed
May 8, 2018 - May 10, 2018Pittsburgh, PAOpenRegistration