A policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is riddled with flaws and the government's regulation of the introduction and management of chemicals in the US fails to protect the health of children and pregnant women.
The AAP advocates for an overhaul of TSCA. Recommended revisions include requiring companies to test the chemicals they manufacture before they are brought to market, and that such tests provide information on the hazards of these chemicals to children and the developing fetus.
"It becomes a public responsibility after the chemical is out on the market to discern whether it's hazardous or not," said Jerome Paulson, medical director for national and global affairs at the Children's Health Advocacy Institute in Washington, DC, and lead author of the policy statement.
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