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California's Safer Consumer Products Legislation Approved

September 9, 2013

California's Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the Department of Toxic Substances Control's landmark Safer Consumer Products regulations (OAL File No. 2013-0718-03 S), legislation that will effectively ban harmful chemicals and ingredients used in everyday consumer products. The regulations will take effect on October 1, 2013.

As part of California's Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) the regulatory process for the Safer Consumer Products regulations began with legislation introduced in 2008, and next steps include:

  • Publishing an informational list of Candidate Chemicals
  • Preparing guidance for conducting Alternatives Analyses
  • By April 1, 2014 -  a list of proposed Priority Products


Why It Matters
The regulations require any manufacturer, importer, assembler, or retailer selling products into California to determine if their products contain any Chemical of Concern, and specify the process for identifying and prioritizing Priority Products and their Chemicals of Concern, and identifying and analyzing alternatives to determine how best to eliminate or reduce potential exposures to, or the level of potential adverse impacts posed by, the Chemical(s) of Concern in Priority Products.

How UL Can Help
To learn how UL's analytical testing and chemical management services for consumer products can help your company comply with the Safer Consumer Products regulations, click Contact UL at the top of the page and a UL representative will follow up with you soon.