TSCA Import Certifications: What are they and how do I complete the form?

What is a TSCA Import Certification?

When researchers order a chemical from a supplier outside of the United States, the courier may request certification that the chemical is in compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The certification statements are typically facilitated by a form provided by the courier. The forms are provided by the courier (Federal Express or other courier).

Researchers as Importers

When Virginia Tech researchers import chemical substances, mixtures or articles, they also become subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and must meet the same requirements under TSCA as the chemical manufacturer. Researchers are considered importers when they order and receive chemical substances from entities outside of the United States. When Virginia Tech researchers/employees are the importers on record of chemical substances or mixtures, they (as the importer) must also demonstrate compliance with TSCA.

What chemicals does this apply to?

Any imported chemical substance, mixture, or article containing a chemical substance or mixture may be refused entry into the customs territory of the United States if it fails to comply with any rule in effect under TSCA or is offered for entry in violation of TSCA. This may apply to new chemical substances or existing chemical substances for which new uses are being pursued.

How do I complete the form?

To demonstrate compliance, Virginia Tech researchers (importers) must certify on the provided forms that the chemical substance(s) or mixture(s) either complies with TSCA or is not subject to TSCA. Click here to see how to complete your form or how to request assistance.

TSCA Import Certifications Guidance