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Proposed Update to the Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act and CHCC List

November 10, 2016

UNITED STATES – The Washington State Department of Ecology has proposed changes to the 2011 CSPA (Children’s Safe Products Act), including the notable CHCC (Chemicals of High Concern for Children) chemical list.

The Washington State Department of Ecology has released the Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rulemaking Update and Flame Retardant Evaluation and will be carefully considering the changes over the coming months. Over the next year, Washington State plans to converge on final wording and a final list of chemicals, relying on stakeholder requests for guidance.

Key Information and potential changes from the Regulatory Update

  • Six flame retardants being considered for inclusion on CHCC and in the CPSA reporting rule
  • Some key chemicals being considered for addition to the list include DIBP, TPP, PFOA, TCPP, and SCCPs. (For a full list of additions, please see ECY website)
  • Some key chemicals being considered for removal from the list includes Molybdenum and Phthalic anhydride. (For a full list of delistings, please see ECY website)
  • Changing the reporting month to January to align with Oregon’s Toxic-Free Kids Act
  • Adjusting the De Minimis Level definition to match Oregon’s Toxic-Free Kids Act
  • Proposed a new timeline for the approval process (For a full timeline, please click here)
    • Second Draft – December 2016
    • Final Rule Proposed – March 2017
    • Public Comment Period – March-May 2017
    • Public Hearing – April 2017
    • Rule Adopted – August 2017
    • Rule Effective – September 2017

Why does it matter?

Children’s products sold in the State of Washington must comply with the additional requirements of Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Act where these requirements are not addressed by Federal regulation.  Compliance to the Federal regulations does not necessarily mean compliance to the CSPA as there are some significant differences.

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For more details about this Regulatory Update, please click here.

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