California Green Chemistry Initiative
Implementation process in final steps

What Are Safer Consumer Products Regulations?
The Safer Consumer Products program is a program of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The program strives to reduce toxic chemicals in products consumers buy and use. It identifies specific products containing potentially harmful chemicals and asks manufacturers to answer two questions: 1) Is this chemical necessary? 2) Is there a safer alternative?

The program requires manufacturers to conduct a thorough analysis of alternatives to make sure they don't pose environmental or health problems. The result is that consumers will confidence that the products they buy are safe for their families and the environment. Manufacturers of personal care products, cosmetics and other beauty products will be affected by the regulations and will continue to be asked to provide comments to the Priority Product Work Plan.

What is the Priority Product Work Plan?
DTSC is developing a Priority Product Work Plan which identifies product categories from which Priority Products will be selected over the next three years.

DTSC released its much anticipated draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations on Friday, September 12. Seven Priority Products Categories have been identified, including:

  • Beauty, Personal Care, and Hygiene
  • Building Products
  • Cleaning Products
  • Clothing
  • Household/Office Furniture/Furnishings
  • Office Machinery (Consumable Products)

The draft Work Plan Comment Period has been EXTENDED to October 21, 2014.

Click Here to learn more about the Draft Priority Work Plan, Comment Period, Review Documents and Submit a Comment.

Read DTSC Director Debbie Raphael's guest contribution to PBA Progress


Resources:

Safer Consumer Product Regulations Website
California Green Chemistry Regulations Update (May 2013)
News Release: California's Landmark Approach to Safer Consumer Products
Initial Statement of Reasons
Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement
Attachment to the Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement (Std. Form 399) Safer Consumer Products Regulations
Economic Analysis of California's Green Chemistry Regulations for Safer Consumer Products
Estimated Costs for DTSC to Implement the Safer Consumer Products Regulations
Overview: The Safer Consumer Products Regulations
Chemicals of Concern: Hazard Traits & Exposure Indicators (~1,200)
Chemicals of Concern Lists Around the Globe
California Department of Toxic Substances Control - Green Chemistry Initiative
DTSC’S Initial Proposed Priority Products List for the Safer Consumer Products Program - March 13, 2014
Safer Consumer Products DRAFT Priority Product Work Plan - September 2014