U.S. – California Safer Consumer Products Act Approved

Vol. 730 | August 30, 2013

The California Safer Consumer Products regulation (CA-SCP), also called California Green Chemistry Initiative, was approved by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on August 28, 2013, and has been filed with the Secretary of State.  The regulation will take effect on October 1, 2013. 

CA-SCP is a unique regulation as it takes a holistic view on human health and environmental safety with a goal to eliminate regrettable substitution, e.g., replacing one harmful chemical with another; and also due to the breadth of its scope, as the regulation covers not only children's products, but also general use (adult) products, and includes products ranging from toys and textiles to furniture and cosmetics. 

This regulation requires manufacturers to evaluate the life-cycle of the product from concept to recycling/disposal as well as gain better understanding of their supply chain to not only learn what goes in to making their product, but also how it is manufactured.

The regulation establishes a four-step regulatory process to identify Safer Products. Step 1 requires California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to identify and list chemicals that pose a hazard to human health or environment: "Candidate Chemicals." During Step 2, DTSC will have to develop a list of "Priority Products" -- products containing those Candidate Chemicals (Chemicals of Concern). Step 3 requires manufacturers of Priority Products to notify DTSC and analyze possible alternatives. Finally in Step 4 DTSC will impose regulatory response, which can range from taking no action all the way to banning the product, or anywhere in between like requiring reformulation, or product stewardship.

Intertek, through our extensive global network, has a variety of services available to help you overcome the challenges related to chemical management as standards and regulations evolve. In addition to keeping you updated on these and other new product safety developments, Intertek experts can assess your specific compliance and product testing needs and recommend ways to ensure that your product testing programs meet all U.S. and international requirements, in the most effective and efficient way possible.  

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