December 17, 2015
UNITED STATES – Following the enactment of Act 188, the Vermont Department of Health has adopted the Chemicals of High Concern in Children's Products Rule that implements the state's chemical disclosure program for children's products. The rule was developed by the Vermont Department of Health (DOH), approved by the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) and became effective on December 10, 2015.
This program requires manufacturers of children's products containing any of 66 state-designated chemicals of high concern to report by July 1, 2016 their presence in products, identified by brand name and product model.
The Department of Health has since announced that due to unforeseen circumstances, it is unlikely that the Department will be able to begin accepting reports on January 1, 2016 as stated in the rule. The Department is working on the development of an online reporting system and expects to open the reporting period in Spring, 2016. Due to this delay, manufacturers will have six months to report to the Department from the date of the system’s availability, even if that six-month period extends past July 1, 2016.