PIP 3:1 is nothing but the phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) compound which has three isopropylated phenyl and one phosphate groups. This compound acts as the primary component in many substances such as greases, lubricating oils, adhesives, industrial coatings, hydraulic fluid, and other plastic materials. It is also to be noted that these substances have very high wear and compression resistance making them to be the most hardest and hazardous substance. Hence, as a result, similar to REACH compliance, in 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), added PIP (3:1) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in regard to its toxicity. The U.S.EPA clarifies why the substance was added under the act based on its characteristics such as toxic (PBT) chemical, persistent, and bioaccumulative. Hence, in this blog, we will look into the things that you should know about PIP (3:1) and what were the changes in the compliance.
PIP (3:1) And Its Current Status:
As mentioned earlier, the U.S federal government began to regulate the compliance among the distribution and commercial process of products which included PIP (3:1) and the articles mentioned in the United States (Table 1). Hence, the United States was keen in addressing and regulating the products that are free-from PIP (3:1). However, due to increased globalization and the complexity in the supply chain, it is challenging to filter the products or articles that are free from PIP (3:1).
As it is already challenging to identify the PIP (3:1) in the products, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made an compliance enforcement on the supply chain for the amendment regularization and to submit the obligations for the same. However, the companies can now have a breathing space as the administrator of EPA Michael S. Regan has signed the final on 3rd March 2022 to extend the date for compliance enforcement. Therefore, the supply chains have sufficient time till 31st October 2024, to streamline their products and to identify the PIP (3:1) in the same.
What’s Next In PIP (3:1)?
It is also to be noted only the compliance enforcement is extended till 31st October 2024 but the supply chains are expected to submit their documentation obligations as of March 08, 2022.
Now, there is an compliance enforcement expectation, as a supply chain or company you may prepare yourself for the new changes that would certainly happen in the future. It is to be noted that EPA would create separate guidelines on the PIP (3:1) including products with Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic (PBT) chemicals which is also expected to be regulated from 2023. The EPA also stated that there would be guidelines based on the surroundings of PIP (3:1) for reducing environmental impact.
Hence, the companies should be taking the necessary precautions and measures to prevent market loss and distribution.
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