In an article published by the U.S. newspaper The Hill on April 8, 2014 Jeanne Conry, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians, and Linda Guidice, past president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, suggest that the burden of proof of a chemical’s safety under U.S. chemical law should be shifted from the public agencies to the manufacturers, as is already being done for pharmaceuticals. They stress that the reform of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform is long overdue as it has not been reformed since its passing in 1976. Since 1947, the global chemical production has increased more than 15-fold. Conry and Guidice point out that a new bill should ensure the protection of vulnerable populations including pregnant women, infants and children from aggregate exposures to toxic chemicals. Thus, the health professionals appeal to the U.S. Congress to ensure enactment of a strong law able to protect Americans today and the generations to come from exposure to harmful chemicals.
Joanne Conry and Linda Guidice (April 8, 2014). “Real reform can curb exposure to toxic chemicals.” The Hill.