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California DTSC Publishes Final Safer Consumer Product Regulation Priority Product Work Plan

April 22, 2015

Launched in 2007, California’s Green Chemistry Initiative included six policy recommendations to reduce public and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals. The Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program is the most prominent pillar of the Green Chemistry Initiative. It is the vehicle to achieve the policy recommendation to “accelerate the quest for safer products.” In October 2013, the SCP regulations went into effect, and in March 2014 the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) proposed the first three Priority Products for which safer alternatives must be evaluated. In September of 2014, the DTSC published its draft Priority Product Work Plan for 2015–2017. The DTSC then held two public workshops to present the draft Work Plan to the public and get initial stakeholder input. After taking the stakeholder’s input into account, the Final Work Plan was released with minimal modifications; however, the seven product categories remain unchanged:

  1. Beauty, Personal Care, and Hygiene Products
  2. Building Products: Painting Products, Adhesives, Sealants, and Flooring
  3. Household, Office Furniture and Furnishings
  4. Cleaning Products
  5. Clothing
  6. Fishing and Angling Equipment
  7. Office Machinery (Consumable Products)

Why It Matters

The DTSC will utilize this Final Work Plan to determine the next Priority Products. In 2015, the number of Priority Products will likely be as many as three. The DTSC anticipates that in 2016 and 2017 they will select more than five Priority Products each year. Looking further down the timeline, the DTSC’s next Work Plan, covering 2018 through 2020, will be issued in 2017 – one year before the expiration of this current plan.

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