Today, after one very long, torturous rulemaking process lasting nearly 5 years, the California Safer Consumer Products regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on August 28, 2013 (OAL File No. 2013-0718-03 S) and have been filed with the Secretary of State. The regulations will take effect on October 1, 2013. They require manufacturers or other responsible entities to seek safer alternatives to harmful chemical ingredients in widely used products, offering California the opportunity to lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world.
Are you ready to comply? The initial list of chemicals (rumored to be about 230 chemicals) is expected to be posted next week. All product companies selling products into California will need to be aware of whether their products contain one of these chemicals, and know who in their supply chain (e.g., manufacturer, importer, assembler or retailer) will be responsible for responding to requests from DTSC and filing required notices regarding their presence. That’s going to be the first step in compliance, then its going to get really complicated.