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Yes, Your Start-up is Great, but You Still Have to Eat Your (Regulatory) Vegetables: Understanding Chemical Regulatory Obligations

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Many green businesses may assume that they do not need to be concerned with regulations, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) because they are using or making “non-toxic” chemicals. But, manufacturers and importers have regulatory obligations that apply to all chemicals, both benign and hazardous. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and other consequences that could cripple a business, just as it is getting started. Dr. Richard E. Engler will provides an overview of some of the key new chemical regulations of which entrepreneurs and innovators should be aware, including TSCA, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA or FD&C Act). He describes challenges that companies, especially those with cutting-edge chemical or biological technologies, face in navigating the regulatory waters. The presentation also touches on global regulatory regimes. Find out how regulatory considerations should be factored into green businesses’ plans to anticipate regulatory hurdles, ensure compliance, and avoid commercial delays or disruptions. 

This webinar is supported by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) and ChemicalWatch, in addition to series support from the American Sustainable Business Council and the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability.


Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. is Senior Chemist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®).  Dr. Engler is a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is one of the most widely recognized experts in the field of green chemistry, having served as senior staff scientist in EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and leader of EPA's Green Chemistry Program.  He has participated in thousands of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) substance reviews at EPA, as well as pre-notice and post-review meetings with submitters to resolve complex or difficult cases, and he draws upon this invaluable experience to assist B&C clients as they develop and commercialize novel chemistries. 

Dr. Engler's expansive understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities TSCA presents for green and sustainable chemistry is a powerful asset for clients during regulatory review.  He assists clients in performing toxicological reviews, performing environmental fate modeling using Sustainable Futures tools, and preparing scientific and test data for regulatory submission.  He is particularly skilled in preparing Pollution Prevention (P2) statements to highlight the concrete environmental benefits of bio-based or renewable chemicals, as well as other sustainable chemistry products and processes.


Ken Zarker, Pollution Prevention Section Manager at Ecology and founder of Northwest Green Chemistry, has been actively involved with pollution prevention, green chemistry and toxics reduction programs for over thirty years. Ken has been responsible for managing state environmental programs in Texas and Washington State on hazardous waste permitting, policy, toxics reduction, and sustainability. He has served in a leadership capacity at the national and international levels as Chairman of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Ken is working on reform of the Toxics Substances Control Act and has testified on behalf of the states. Ken serves on several boards and committees, including the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2), Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3) and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). Ken holds a B.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City.