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While chemical makers invest significant resources to study and test their products, Americans also need to feel confident that the federal regulatory system is working to protect their families and the environment.

More than a dozen federal laws govern the safe manufacture and use of chemicals in the United States. All new chemicals must be rigorously evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prior to commercial manufacture. EPA also has broad authority to request information on chemicals, as well as additional testing of chemicals as is deemed necessary.

This graphic explains EPA’s comprehensive review process for chemicals before they are introduced into the marketplace.