TSG Industry News

Health Canada Proposes Fee Updates

Health Canada has proposed to update fees for medical devices, human drugs, veterinary drugs, and disinfectants to reflect current regulatory costs.(10/2017)

Testing Guidance for Antimicrobials against Biofilm Bacteria

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released newly approved testing guidance and methods to evaluate antimicrobials against bacterial biofilms on hard, non-porous surfaces.(8/2017)

FDA Releases Guideline for Ruling on Antiseptic Washes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released additional guidance to help small businesses comply with active ingredients still accepted in over the counter (OTC) antiseptic wash.(8/2017)

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Improves Cap and Trade Program

The California Air and Resources Board (CARB) implements new amendments to extend the cap and trade program until 2030.(7/2017)

NY and CA Approve New Cleaning Product Regulations

California and New York have put new legislative measures in place to promote the public safety and transparency of ingredients in cleaning products.(7/2017)

CEPA Sets Mercury Limits in California Waterways

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new criteria for mercury limits in California waters.(7/2017)

CDFA Requests Comments on Healthy Soils Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is requesting comments on using cap and trade funds to pay for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP).(6/2017)

Nanosilver Pesticide Loses FIFRA Approval For Use As Antimicrobial Agent

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the conditional registration of a product with a Nanosilver active ingredient.(6/2017)

EPA Releases Initial 2016 Chemical Data Reporting Results

EPA has released initial 2016 Chemical Data Reporting results.(5/2017)

EPA Develops Food Contact Sanitizing Solutions Model (FCSSM)

The Environmental Protection Agency has developed the Food Contact Sanitizing Solutions Model (FCSSM) to improve food safety from residue exposure in processing plants.(5/2017)

EPA Requests Applications for Healthcare Provider Pesticide Training Projects

EPA is requesting applications to implement a program that will better educate the medical community in treating pesticide-related health issues.(5/2017)

EPA Extends Timeline for Pesticide Applicators Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the timeline for implementation of the revised pesticide applicators rule.(5/2017)

CDFA Establishes Regulatory Authorities for Cannabis in Draft Legislation

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released proposed regulations establishing the authority of three regulatory agencies.(4/2017)

EPA Requests Public Comments for Regulatory Reform Task Force

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a notice requesting comments on regulations that may be subject to reconsideration.(4/2017)

OEHHA Requires Language Translations for Safe Harbor Warnings

OEHHA is requiring businesses to provide Proposition 65 safe harbor warning in languages other than English under certain conditions.(4/2017)

EPA Issues Revised Instructions for Handling Pesticide Products with Water Soluble Packaging

EPA has updated label instructions for handling pesticide products with water soluble packaging to improve worker protections.(4/2017)

CDPR Releases Revised Proposal for Pesticide Use Near Schools and Day Care Centers

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has revised the proposal for pesticide use near school sites and licensed day care facilities.(3/2017)

EPA Releases Guidance for Review of Developmental Neurotoxicity Studies

The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing a guidance to promote consistent review of developmental neurotoxicity studies.(3/2017)

EPA Seeks Testers for Beta Version of Pesticide Label Matching Application

EPA is seeking testers for the beta version of its Pesticide Label Matching mobile application. (3/2017)

Health Canada Issues New Pest Control Products Fees and Charges Regulations

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency is issuing new registration application fees for pesticide products.(3/2017)

Pertuzumab and Vismodegib Added to Proposition 65

OEHHA added Pertuzumab and Vismodegib to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause developmental and reproductive toxicity.(2/2017)

EPA Announces Substantiation Requirement for CBI Claims

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced substantiation requirements for CBI claims under amended TSCA.(2/2017)

OEHHA Issues Safe Use Determination for DINP in Outdoor Furniture Products

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a Safe Use Determination for use of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in outdoor furniture products.(1/2017)

Materials in Organic Products Final Guidance

The National Organic Program (NOP) issued a final guidance to clarify policies for how materials are classified and which materials are permissible in organic products.(1/2017)

CalEPA Releases Update to CalEnviroScreen 3.0

CalEPA released an updated version of California’s first comprehensive environmental screening tool CalEnviroScreen.(1/2017)

Update to Rule Protecting Human Subjects in Research

Several federal departments and agencies have collaborated to revise the set of regulations ensuring the protection of human subjects in research.(1/2017)

EPA Proposes New Rules to Evaluate Existing Chemicals in Commerce

EPA has proposed three rules to evaluate existing chemicals in commerce under TSCA.(1/2017)

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Regulation of Mosquito-Related Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance to clarify the regulation of mosquito-related products.(1/2017)

EPA Announces Final Rule for TSCA Nanoscale Materials Reporting

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its final rule on data reporting for nanoscale materials.(1/2017)

21st Century Cures Act Signed Into Law

The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law with overwhelming bipartisan support.(1/2017)

Department of Energy and Environment’s New Pesticide Registration Policy

The Department of Energy and Environment announced that it will now only require a single registration for pesticide products with multiple packaging sizes.(1/2017)

Initiative to Modernize Regulatory Toxicity Testing Gains Traction

Updated regulatory toxicity testing gains support from agencies and organizations throughout the nation in support of alternative testing methods involving new technologies.(1/2017)

Canada to Ban Microbeads in 2018

The Canadian government is banning the manufacture, import, and sale of microbeads effective July 2018. (1/2017)

OEHHA Issues Safe Use Determination (SUD) for Vinyl Flooring Hazard Exposure to Workers

OEHHA has issued a Safe Use Determination for diisononyl phthalate (DINP) exposure used in vinyl flooring. (1/2017)

EPA Issues Final Rule on Hazardous Waste Shipment Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to update current regulations for hazardous waste exports and imports. (11/2016)

Animal Drugs in Food Revisions Proposed

Tolerances for new animal drugs in food are being considered for revisions. (11/2016)

Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warnings

OEHHA is amending current regulatory provisions regarding clear and reasonable warnings under Proposition 65. (11/2016)

FDA Issues Two Sunscreen Guidance Documents

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two guidance documents for sunscreen drug regulation under the Sunscreen Innovation Act(SIA). (11/2016)

CFDA to Reform Medical Device Regulations in 2017

China’s Food and Drug Administration (CDFA) will reform medical device priority review and approval procedures in 2017.(11/2016)

Chemical Notification Process Under New TSCA

The chemical notification process is changing significantly under the new Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA).(11/2016)

Pentachlorophenol By-Products (Complex Mixture) Listed Under Proposition 65

Pentachlorophenol and by-products of its synthesis have been added to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.(11/2016)

AB 32’s Impact over the Past 10 Years

California is on track to reach its goal to address climate change and decrease greenhouse gas emissions through the AB 32 initiative.(11/2016)

FDA Updates Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards

FDA is making revisions to the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards to improve food safety.(10/2016)

CA DPR Extends Filing Deadline for Impregnated Materials

The California Department of Pesticide Registration is extending the deadline for companies to file applications to register pesticide impregnated materials.(10/2016)

Health Canada Proposes New Natural Health Product Regulations

Health Canada is proposing more consistent regulations be enforced on all natural health products.(10/2016)

Health Canada Launches Pesticide Inspections Database

Health Canada has launched an online database with information on pesticide products to increase transparency.(10/2016)

EPA Takes Action On Five Priority Chemicals

EPA is taking action on five priority chemicals under TSCA reform.(10/2016)

EPA SmartLabel Testing Program Now In Phase 3

EPA’s SmartLabel testing program for pesticide product labeling is now in phase 3.(10/2016)

FDA Issues Updated Guidance For Categorizing Food In Registration

FDA is issuing a guidance with updated food categories for food facility registration.(10/2016)

FDA Redefines “Healthy” Claim on Food Labels

FDA redefines “Healthy” claim on food labels to provide consumers with information that reflects better food choices. (10/2016)

EPA Proposes Two Test Methods and Guidance for Bacterial Biofilms

EPA is proposing the use of bacterial biofilms to test the efficacy of antimicrobials for registration.(10/2016)

Proposed Changes to TSCA Import Certification Process

The U.S. Senate HELP Committee held a hearing to push for legislation giving FDA the authority to regulate cosmetic products.(9/2016)

Proposition 65 Listing of Furfuryl Alcohol

Furfuryl alcohol is being added to the list of chemicals under Proposition 65.(9/2016)

Senate Committee Meeting on Cosmetics Regulation

The U.S. Senate HELP Committee held a hearing to push for legislation giving FDA the authority to regulate cosmetic products.(9/2016)

EPA Approves California DPR Revisions for VOC Emission Limits in Nonfumigant Pesticides

EPA approves California DPR revisions to restrict the use of nonfumigant pesticide products in attempts to lower VOC emissions.(9/2016)

Continuation of Emergency Action for Exposures to Bisphenol A

OEHHA proposes continuation of emergency action for Bisphenol A exposure warning methods.(9/2016)

OEHHA Intent to List PFOA and PFOS

OEHHA intends to add PFOA and PFOS to Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity.(9/2016)

EPA Implements NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule

EPA is implementing the NPDES electronic data system to modernize Clean Water Act reporting.(9/2016)

FDA Revises Foreign and Domestic Establishment Registration Requirements for Human Drugs

FDA is amending the regulations for drug establishment registration and listing.(9/2016)

CIC to Discuss Prioritization Chemicals at Upcoming Meeting

The CIC is meeting to discuss adding five chemicals or chemical groups to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.(9/2016)

FDA Provides Funding to Implement Rule for Produce Safety

FDA provides $21.8 million to implement FSMA final rule for produce safety.(9/2016)

OEHHA’s Carcinogen Identification Committee Scheduled to Meet and Discuss Nitrite

The CIC has scheduled a meeting to determine the sufficiency of evidence provided to list the nitrite class of chemicals under Proposition 65.(9/2016)

Extended Deadline for Chemical Data Reporting Under TSCA

EPA has extended the deadline for chemical data reporting to October 31, 2016.(9/2016)

CDFA’s Medical Cannabis Program Environmental Impact Report

CDFA drafted a Program Environmental Impact Report to outline potential effects of medical marijuana regulation in California.(9/2016)

FDA Consumer Antiseptic Wash Products Final Rule

FDA issues final rule banning 19 active ingredients in consumer antiseptic wash products after assessing new information.(9/2016)

OEHHA Amends Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warnings

OEHHA is amending the Clear and Reasonable Warnings article of the California Code of Regulations.(9/2016)

OEHHA’s Carcinogen Identification Committee Scheduled to Meet and Discuss Nitrite

The CIC has scheduled a meeting to determine the sufficiency of evidence provided to list the nitrite class of chemicals under Proposition 65.(9/2016)

Chemical Data Reporting September Deadline Approaching

EPA is collecting chemical data under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule that is due by September 30th.(8/2016)

FDA’s Final Rule on Food Ingredients

FDA passes final rule on food ingredients helps companies evaluate GRAS substances.(8/2016)

Good Laboratory Practices for Nonclinical Laboratory Studies

FDA proposes a new good laboratory practices (GLP) quality system approach in nonclinical studies.(8/2016)

Pest Management Practices That Are Not Illegal for Marijuana Growers in California

The Department of Pesticide Regulation published a document detailing pest management practices that are not illegal for marijuana growers to use in California.(8/2016)

FDA Issues New Rule for Animal Drugs in Animal Feed

FDA issued a final rule to clarify animal drug category definitions.(8/2016)

EPA’s Worker Protection Standard Updates for New York Farm Workers

EPA discusses significance of updates to Worker Protection Standard and its effects on New York farm workers.(8/2016)

FDA Extends FSMA Compliance Dates

FDA is extending compliance dates for certain rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).(8/2016)

FDA Updates Recommendations to Submit a 510(k) for Device Modifications

FDA updates recommendations to submit a new 510(k) for device modifications.(8/2016)

OEHHA Reconsiders Proposition 65 Listing of Chloroform

OEHHA submits hazard identification document supporting a reassessment of Proposition 65 listing of chloroform.(8/2016)

Medical Devices User Fees for Fiscal Year 2017

The FDA is administrating new fees for medical device applications for the 2017 fiscal year.(8/2016)

FDA Releases New cGMP Draft Guidance for Animal Feed

FDA issued draft guidance for current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) in animal feed.(8/2016)

Animal Drug User Fee Policies for Fiscal Year 2017

The FDA is administering changes regarding animal drug user fees.(8/2016)

FDA Updates Dietary Supplement Guidance Regulation

FDA is issuing a revised version of the guidance document for dietary supplements.(8/2016)

1-Bromopropane Listed Under Proposition 65

1-Bromopropane, an industrial cleanser, Listed Under Proposition 65.(8/2016)

Bromodichloroacetic Acid Listed Under Proposition 65

Bromodichloroacetic Acid, used in water disinfectants, listed under Proposition 65.(8/2016)

EPA’s Plan to Revise Regulations under TSCA

EPA is planning to make changes to TSCA regulations to improve public health and environment effects.(8/2016)

California’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan

Governor Brown recently introduced California’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan.(8/2016)

EPA Increases FIFRA Violation Fees

EPA increases FIFRA violation fees according to the Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule.(7/2016)

OEHHA Lists Triazines Under California's Proposition 65

California's OEHHA Lists Atrazine, Propazine, Simazine and related products DACT, DEA and DIA Under Proposition 65.(7/2016)

OEHHA Lists Triazines Under California's Proposition 65

California's OEHHA Lists Atrazine, Propazine, Simazine and related products DACT, DEA and DIA Under Proposition 65.(7/2016)

Sedaxane Listed Under California's OEHHA Proposition 65

California's OEHHA adds Sedaxane to list of chemicals under Proposition 65 known to the state to cause cancer.(7/2016)

EPA’s Antimicrobial Data Requirements Training Videos

EPA releases training videos about data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides.(7/2016)

Volkswagen’s Partial Settlement Under the Clean Air Act

Volkswagen to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests.(7/2016)

FDA Requests Additional Data on Hand Sanitizers

FDA requests additional data on consumer antiseptic rubs, such as hand sanitizer, to assess safety and effectiveness over extended periods of use.(7/2016)

EPA Releases TSCA Reform Implementation Plan

EPA recently released an implementation plan outlining their goals for meeting requirements outlined in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.(6/2016)

Tetrachlorvinphos Listed Under Proposition 65

Tetrachlorvinphos, used in flea collars for pets, listed under Proposition 65.(6/2016)

TSCA Reform Bill Signed Into Law

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the TSCA reform bill into law, significantly overhauling how chemicals are evaluated.(6/2016)

Vermont’s House and Senate Pass Bill to Regulate Pesticide Treated Articles

Vermont’s House and Senate recently passed a bill to regulate pesticide treated articles in the marketplace.(5/2016)

Abiraterone Acetate Listed Under Proposition 65

Prostate cancer drug abiraterone acetate added to list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity.(4/2016)

Annual Establishment Reports for 2015 due by March 1, 2016

FIFRA requires that Annual Establishment Reports for 2015 be submitted on or before March 1, 2016. (2/2016)

EPA’s Safer Choice Label

EPA’s Safer Choice Label allows consumers to purchase safer chemical products with the same effectiveness and performance strength as traditional products.(1/2016)

Report Finds Substandard Chinese Biopesticides

A new report finds substandard Chinese biopesticides after latest round of product studies. (12/2015)

EPA Adds Chemicals Subject to TSCA to ChemView Database Search Function

EPA announced that the chemical database, ChemView, now contains additional information on chemicals under section 12(b) that are subject to TSCA. (11/2015)

Cost of Traditional Thanksgiving Meal 2015

The cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is up slightly in 2015. (11/2015)

California OEHHA Removes Diaminotoluene (mixed) from Proposition 65 List

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) removed diaminotoluene (mixed) from Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, due to insufficient evidence. (11/2015)

ACI Questions FDA Proposal for Antiseptics

The American Cleaning institute (ACI) raises questions about the FDA’s proposal requesting additional data about the safety and effectiveness of antiseptics. (11/2015)

California's OEHHA Intent to List Pentachlorophenol

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) intends to add pentachlorophenol to list of chemicals known to cause cancer.(10/2015)

EPA Updated Pesticide Registration Fees Under PRIA

Under PRIA, EPA updated the pesticide registration fees which are now in effect as of October 1, 2015.(10/2015)

California DPR Increases Pesticide Registration/Renewal Fees & Revises Forms

California DPR announces increased registration fees and revised application forms to support and enhance new electronic pesticide registration system (PRDMS).(10/2015)

EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Update

The EPA announces updates to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to increase worker safety when handling pesticides.(10/2015)

EPA’s Preliminary Organophosphate Risk Assessments

EPA released preliminary risk assessments for several organophosphates known to have agricultural uses.(10/2015)

California OEHHA Intent to List Topiramate

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) intends to add Topiramate to list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity.(10/2015)

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Adopts New Diesel Measures

The CARB passed new measures regarding diesel use in vehicles to help decrease California’s carbon emissions.(9/2015)

California Legislature Passes Stronger Plastic Microbeads Bill

California legislature passes a stronger bill to ban plastic microbeads from personal care products.(9/2015)

EPA Issues Flame Retardant Assessment

The US EPA released an updated flame retardant assessment for chemicals used in polyurethane foam and in printed circuit boards.(9/2015)

Proposition 65 Cosmetics Case: Titanium Dioxide

The cosmetics industry received a favorable ruling on the use of titanium dioxide in cosmetic products after a California court determined that harmful exposure claims lacked merit.(8/2015)

Proposition 65 Listing of CMNP (Pyrazachlor)

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the addition of CMNP (pyrazachlor) to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.(8/2015)

EPA Announces Phase II of SmartLabel Pilot Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals the second phase of the SmartLabel Pilot Program.(7/2015)

U.S. House Vote Passes TSCA Reform Legislation

The United States House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 with a bipartisan vote of 398-1. (6/2015)

Proposition 65 Listing of Ethylene Glycol (Ingested)

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the addition of ethylene glycol (ingested) to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity.(6/2015)

Proposition 65 Listing of Bisphenol A (BPA)

OEHHA announced the addition of Bisphenol A (BPA) to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity.(5/2015)

California DPR Increases Pesticide Registration/Renewal Fees

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced that it will move forward with its proposal to increase fees for pesticide product registrations and renewals. The application fee increase goes into effect on October 1, 2015.(4/2015)

California DPR Clarifies Position on GHS Labeling

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) provided notice to clarify its position regarding the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).(4/2015)

EPA Proposes One-Time Reporting on Nanoscale Materials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require reporting and recordkeeping information on certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.(3/2015)

Proposition 65 Listing of Beta-Myrcene

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the addition of beta-Myrcene to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer.(3/2015)

Landmark Bipartisan Legislation Proposed to Reform TSCA

U.S. Senators David Vitter and Tom Udall have introduced major bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act in an effort to update chemical safety regulation for the 21st century.(3/2015)

California DPR/EPA Concurrent Submission for Pesticide Products – Criteria Update

Through the release of California Notice 2015-03, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) updated criteria for the concurrent submission of pesticide product registration applications and amendments to DPR/EPA.(2/2015)

Prop 65: Bisphenol A (BPA) Listing Update

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is considering Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, for possible listing based on female reproductive toxicity under Proposition 65.(2/2015)

Canada Implements GHS

Canada published a final rule to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). (2/2015)

California OEHHA Proposes New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) provided a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Article 6 regulations governing “clear and reasonable” warnings under Proposition 65. (1/2015)

EPA Issues Data Call-In Notice for Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride

EPA Issues Data Call-In Notice for Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride. Registrants that receive the notice must respond within 90 days. (1/2015)

Proposition 65: Listing of Dibenzanthracenes and N-Nitrosomethyl-n-alkylamines

California’s OEHHA has announced the addition of Dibenzanthracenes and N-Nitrosomethyl-n-alkylamines to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer. (12/2014)

EPA Develops Guidance for Disinfectant Product Use Against Ebola Virus

EPA, working closely with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), has developed interim guidance for the use of registered disinfectants to control the Ebola virus in hospitals. (10/2014)

DTSC Publishes Draft Three-Year Priority Product Workplan

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) published its draft Priority Product Workplan, which outlines DTSC’s direction for the Safer Consumer Products program over the next three years. Product categories identified as possible Priority Products in the Workplan include beauty/personal care/hygiene, clothing, cleaning products, household/office furniture/furnishings, building products, office machinery consumable products, and fishing and angling equipment. (9/2014)

DTSC Schedules Priority Product Workplan Workshops for September

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) published its draft Priority Product Workplan, which outlines DTSC’s direction for the California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced dates for the two upcoming workshops covering the three-year workplan. The two workshops will be taking place in Sacramento (September 25) and Cypress (September 29).(9/2014)

Pesticide Export Labeling Direct Final Rule Withdrawn; New Rule Proposed

EPA has withdrawn the pesticide export labeling direct final rule after receiving two written adverse comments. EPA is now issuing a new proposed rule and has opened a 30-day comment period for feedback regarding the proposed changes and issues raised by the adverse comments. Public comment is open until August 11, 2014.(7/2014)

REAL ID Act May Affect Visitors at EPA and FDA Headquarters

The REAL ID Act, which goes into effect on July 21, 2014, establishes new identification requirements for visitors at restricted federal facilities, including the EPA and FDA headquarters. (7/2014)

Prop 65: Proposed Update to Warning Regulations

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is evaluating a possible regulatory action to amend the existing regulation governing Proposition 65 warnings. The potential draft regulations are in discussion, and OEHHA is reviewing public comments before making a decision on formal regulatory proceedings.(6/2014)

Prop 65: Listing of N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is adding N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer under Proposition 65. The listing is effective May 2, 2014.(5/2014)

DPR Proposes Update to Groundwater Protection List of Pesticides

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has issued a Notice of Proposed Action to update the Groundwater Protection List (GPL) of pesticides that have the potential to pollute ground water in California. (5/2014)

DTSC Provides Safer Consumer Product Workshop Details

DTSC announces a reminder for the upcoming Safer Consumer Products workshops and provides details for registration and participation. DTSC placed emphasis on the Sacramento, CA workshop, which is the first of three workshops, taking place on May 7.(4/2014)

DTSC Releases Draft Regulatory Concepts and Questions for Priority Product Rulemaking

In preparation for the Priority Product rulemaking process, DTSC has released draft regulatory concepts and corresponding questions. These topics will be discussed at the upcoming regulatory workshops. (4/2014)

Prop 65: Listing of Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium, Pioglitazone, Triamterene and Pulegone

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is adding pentosan polysulfate sodium, pioglitazone, triamterene and pulegone to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer. (4/2014)

Prop 65: Delisting of Five Chemicals Effective April 4, 2014

The California Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has removed n-butyl glycidyl ether, diglycidyl ether, phenyl glycidyl ether, methyl isopropyl ketone and α-methyl styrene from the Proposition 65 list of chemicals. (4/2014)

PR Notice 2014-1: Web-Distributed Labeling for Pesticides

PR Notice 2014-1 presents EPA’s guidance on optional participation in web-distributed labeling for pesticide products. EPA notes that no registrant is required to take any action in response to this notice.(4/2014)

Prop 65: Listing of MIBK and Megestrol Acetate

California’s OEHHA is adding methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) and megestrol acetate to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The listing of both chemicals is effective March 28, 2014. (3/2014)

Canada’s PMRA Proposes New Pesticide Fee Schedules

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed a new pesticide registration fee schedule to reflect the “more complex and global” nature of the work involved in application review. PMRA based its fee increases on EPA’s fee structure “because they are [PMRA’s] largest trading partner and [the two] regulatory systems are more closely aligned.”(3/2014)

DTSC Announces Draft Priority Products

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced three draft Priority Products for the initial round of product-chemical combinations under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. The three Priority Products are children’s foam-padded sleeping products with TDCPP, spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates, and paint stripper with methylene chloride.(3/2014)

Prop 65: Listing of Trichloroethylene (TCE)

California’s OEHHA has added trichloroethylene to the list of chemicals known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity under Proposition 65. The listing is effective as of January 31, 2014. (1/2014)

Prop 65: Listing of Emissions from High-Temperature Unrefined Rapeseed Oil

California’s OEHHA has added emissions from high-temperature unrefined rapeseed oil, commonly referred to as canola oil, to the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer under Proposition 65. The listing is effective as of January 3, 2014. Note: This notice does not pertain to emissions from refined rapeseed/canola oil.(1/2014)

FDA Proposes New Rule for Consumer Antibacterial Soaps

FDA has released a proposed rule that will require manufacturers to show that antibacterial soaps and body washes are safe and more effective than traditional soap and water. FDA is providing a public comment period of six months (180 days) from the publication of the proposed rule on December 16, 2013. Under the currently released proposed rule, products that do not have supporting data on safety and efficacy one year after the publication of the final rule would have to be reformulated, relabeled or removed from the market. The proposed rule does not apply to hand sanitizers, wipes or antibacterial products used in health care settings.(12/2013)

House Subcommittee Hearing on TSCA Reform Bill (S. 1009)

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on November 13, 2013 to discuss the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA). CSIA is the proposed bipartisan legislation aimed at updating the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.(11/2013)

DTSC Launches Safer Consumer Product Program

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) launched the Safer Consumer Products program on October 1, 2013, which is part of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative. Under the SCP program, DTSC will develop a set of “priority products” that contain one or more of approximately 150 “chemicals of concern.” Manufacturers of priority products will be required to evaluate their products for alternative ingredients and submit conclusions to DTSC in a public document called an “alternatives analysis.” (10/2013)

Prop 65: Listing of Chloramphenicol Sodium Succinate Effective September 27, 2013

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has listed chloramphenicol sodium succinate as known to the State to cause cancer under Proposition 65. The listing is effective as of September 27, 2013.(9/2013)

Prop 65: Listing of Chloral, Chloral Hydrate, 1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane and Trichloroacetic Acid

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has listed the chemicals Chloral, Chloral Hydrate, 1,1,1.2-Tetrachloroethane and Trichloroacetic Acid as known to the State to cause cancer under Proposition 65. The listing of these four chemicals is effective as of September 13, 2013. (9/2013)

Prop 65: Notice of Intent to List Chloramphenicol Sodium Succinate

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a notice of intent to list chloramphenicol sodium succinate as known to the State to cause cancer under Proposition 65. The public comment period will remain open until September 3, 2013. (8/2013)

EPA Adds 119 Fragrances to the Safer Chemical Ingredients List

EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program has announced the addition of 119 fragrance chemicals used in commercial and consumer products to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List. (7/2013)

Canada’s CFIA No Longer Requires Efficacy Data for Fertilizer Registration

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made substantial changes to the Fertilizers Regulations by focusing on product safety and discontinuing regulatory oversight for fertilizer and supplement efficacy and quality. The changes will no longer require market efficacy assessment and verification of performance claims, and CFIA will cease marketplace monitoring of product quality and efficacy. The updated Fertilizers Regulations are in effect now.(5/2013)

EPA PR Notice 2013-1: Establishment of Silver Task Force North America

EPA releases Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 2013-1 announcing the establishment of the Silver Task Force North America (STFA) to support EPA’s reevaluation of silver or silver compounds. (5/2013)

Health Canada Releases Updated In-Commerce List

On May 3, 2013, Health Canada released an Updated In-Commerce List. With the publication of the revised ICL, a 90-day correction and review period is now open. During this correction and review period, any person may provide recommended corrections pertaining to a substance that appears on the revised ICL.(5/2013)