Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Await Transformative California Consumer Product Regulations
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) recently issued its long awaited draft Safer Consumer Products regulations. The proposed regulations would prohibit exposure to certain chemicals, making it far more stringent than Propositions 65 which only requires a warning label. The proposed regulations require DTSC to publish a list of “chemicals of concern.” DTSC will then evaluate products containing these chemicals and produce a list of products that need to be evaluated. If you're a maker or importer of one of these products, you will need to notify DTSC and later provide a preliminary assessment.
Eileen Nottoli discusses the importance of having a game plan for your product if it contains "chemicals of concern." She encourages companies selling consumer products in California to read the proposed regulations, understand them and make comments. There is a public hearing on September 10 and written comments will be accepted until October 11 at 5 pm.