Challenges and Opportunities in Chemical Nomenclature

Dr Brett Howard Moderator
Silver Spring, MD 
United States of America
Dr Brett Howard Presenter
Silver Spring, MD 
United States of America
Barbara Losey Co-Presenter
Alkylphenols & Ethoxylates Research Council
Washington, DC 
United States of America
Dr Antony Williams, PhD Co-Presenter
Durham, NC 
United States of America
Scott Burya, Ph.D. Co-Presenter
Bergeson & Campbell P.C.
Washington, DC 
United States of America
Jennifer Foreman, Ph.D., DABT Co-Presenter
ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Spring, TX 
United States of America
Wed, 9/11: 1:30 PM  - 3:00 PM 
Deep Dive Session 
Greater Columbus Convention Center 
Room: A 213, A 214 


Mention the phrase "chemical nomenclature" and you'll likely receive more than a few head scratches and eye rolls. The fact remains, however, that these important rules, implemented by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), influence many of the products you buy every day. The existing system could benefit from improved rules and guidance. 

Here are some current issues: Manufacturers can be locked into specific suppliers due to naming conventions; existing chemicals may require pre-manufacturing notices if sourced from a different organism; and outdated, sometimes incorrect names on inventory cannot be corrected by anyone other than the original notifier, a particularly difficult situation if the manufacturer is no longer in business. These issues can proliferate as more and more countries inherit nomenclature problems that started here, or develop nomenclature systems of their own.
Come and learn about existing problems, international approaches, and potential solutions to one of the fascinating, yet arcane aspects of the TSCA framework.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, attendees will:
1. Explain various approaches and solutions to current TSCA problems
2. Summarize what "chemical nomenclature" means in the TSCA framework
3. Recognize the various global challenges within chemical nomenclature 

Learning/Experience Level



Emerging Chemical Regulatory Issues/Global Regulations