The U.S. federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulates chemicals in common use that are present in electronics, furniture, clothing, toys, building materials, cleaning and personal care products, and most household items. It was enacted in 1976, and – in spite of the introduction of thousands of new chemicals, as well as the major progress made in the understanding of chemicals’ environmental and health impacts – it hasn’t been updated since then.
Attempts are being made to reform the TSCA, to modernise it and to update it.
The Guardian has a useful article aimed at providing a laypersons summary, here.
A more in depth summary of the legal developments is collated and published by the American Bar Association, here.