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California’s DTSC Issues Proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulation
(December 2011)

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has proposed the Safer Consumer Products Regulation, which requires manufacturers to seek alternative ingredients in commonly used consumer products. If a manufacturer uses a chemical enlisted in the “chemicals of concern” list, the Safer Consumer Products Regulation creates a process for which the manufacturer must identify and examine options for safer ingredients. If alternative ingredients are not feasible, DTSC will identify the steps the manufacturer must take in order to ensure their product is safely used, disposed of or phased out.
 
In recent DTSC studies, it was discovered that highly toxic ingredients are found in products such as nail polish and jewelry, even if they are advertised as toxic free. The Safer Consumer Products Regulation provides consumers with enhanced information about product ingredients and supports their demands for safer products.
 
DTSC has also released a comment period, now extended to October 11, 2012, regarding the Safer Consumer Products Regulation. A public hearing on the regulation was held September 10th, 2012. If the regulation is approved, this will enable implementation of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative. Please send questions or comments concerning the public comment period to:

Krysia Von Burg
Regulations Coordinator
Department of Toxic Substances Control
P.O. Box 806
Sacramento, CA 95812
Tel: (916) 324-2810, Fax: (916)-324-1808

Email: gcregs@dtsc.ca.gov

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