California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulation

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Regulation took effect on October 1, 2013, impacting all manufacturers in the state and those wishing to sell products in California’s stores. The regulation requires manufacturers of specific products, identified by DTSC, to conduct alternatives assessments on certain chemicals in order to seek safer alternatives.

DTSC has developed a 3-year work plan, expiring in 2017, which outlines the agency’s plan for products and chemicals subject to the SCP regulation. Electronics are not targeted during this timeframe, but there is a possibility DTSC will consider their inclusion in future years.

Throughout the six year develop process of these regulations, IPC consistently advocated for a science-based, cost-effective regulation that would yield real environmental benefits, not maintain the status quo at the expensive of manufacturers. IPC will continue to monitor additions to the list of products and chemicals targeted under the SCP regulation.

California DTSC Website