Safer Nail Products
A 2012 study conducted by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) revealed that numerous nail care products sampled in the San Francisco Bay Area displayed toxic-free claims that weren’t supported by laboratory testing. The study provided a snapshot of whether potentially harmful chemicals could be found in available products.
The Safer Consumer Products regulations, which took effect on October 1, 2013, requires manufacturers, or other responsible entities, to seek safer alternatives to harmful chemical ingredients in widely used products. The programs 2015-17 Priority Product Work Plan details the product categories from which the Department will select Priority Products. Beauty, Personal Care, and Hygiene products, and specifically nail care products, are identified as potential candidates in the Work Plan. The Department's 2012 study and recent articles in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times highlight why nail products are one of many beauty and personal care products DTSC will consider when choosing the next products subject to the Safer Consumer Product regulations. These regulations create an opportunity for California to lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world. For more information visit the Safer Consumer Products web page.
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