The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced the Chemical Data Access Tool, a Web-based application to provide better access to health and safety studies on industrial chemicals. The tool enables users to search three databases: The eDoc database, which includes health and safety information reported by the industry; the TSCA Test Submissions database, an online index of unpublished, nonconfidential studies covering chemical testing results and adverse effects of chemical on health and ecological systems; and the High Production Volume Information system, a database providing access to health and environmental effects information obtained through the High Production Volume Challenge.

The tool can be accessed here: java.epa.gov/oppt_chemical_search/ and also will be added to Dadata.gov, a website developed to provide public access to important government information.

Users can conduct chemical-specific searches for studies submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act. It provides results based on data that is currently in a searchable format. The aim is that the amount of searchable data will increase over time as more information is reported to the EPA electronically or is scanned in from historically submitted documents.