(NEW YORK) -- Health experts are calling on lawmakers to make legislative changes to ensure that children are properly protected from chemicals in products, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The last few decades have witnessed the introduction of numerous chemicals into the environment, but the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), which governs chemical management policy, hasn't undergone any meaningful changes since its introduction in 1976. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that U.S, chemical management policy be substantially revised, requiring that safety assessments consider the consequences of exposure on children and pregnant women, our most vulnerable population.
Medical experts say an update is long overdue as the current law is ineffective and it never required that companies provide safety data before introducing new chemicals into the market.
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