IPC Submits Comments on DTSC’s Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulation

On February 28, 2013, IPC submitted comments to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on its draft of Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulation. The draft regulation governs the chemical content and design of consumer products sold in California.

In its comments, IPC supported DTSC’s decisions to: rename its list of Chemicals of Concern to “Candidate Chemicals” list; add an Administrative Procedures Act process for updating the “Priority Products” list, focus the scope for the Alternatives Analyses, and remove the third-party certified assessor requirement.  IPC’s main concern is that the Candidate Chemicals list remains overly broad and the Alternatives Analyses should not be subject to public review and comment.

Other key points within IPC’s comments included:

  • Evaluating the scientific merit for each chemical identified as a Candidate Chemical
  • Establishing a de minis threshold value for Candidate Chemicals
  • Prioritizing Chemicals of Concern in Priority Products

Read IPC’s full comments here.

For more information on IPC’s advocacy efforts on California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, visit http://www.ipc.org/ContentPage.aspx?pageid=California-Green-Chemistry.


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