An alternative analysis is a process described in the Safer Consumer Products Regulations that compares the existing Priority Product (product-chemical combination that contains a chemical of concern) with potential alternatives (e.g., chemical substitution or product redesign) using thirteen factors evaluated at each state of the product's life cycle. Upon conclusion of the alternative analysis, the manufacturer (or another responsible entity) will select an alternative chemical ingredient or alternative product design, or decide to retain the existing product-chemical combination.
An alternatives analysis report is required to be submitted to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) once the alternative analysis is completed. DTSC will evaluate the completed alternatives analysis report to determine if there is adverse public health or environmental impacts associated with the product that can and needs to be remedied by one or more regulatory responses.
At this time there are no new documents available on the alternative analysis for the Safer Consumer Products Program. The links provided on this web page are for past symposia, workshops and meetings associated with the alternatives analysis.
Who Needs to Prepare An Alternative Analysis?
The responsible entity such as the manufacturer of the product is responsible for conducting an alternative analysis. Other entities may also conduct and alternative analysis such as a consortium, trade association, public-private partnership, non-profit organization, or other entity if they are acting on behalf of, or in the stead of, the responsible entity.
Alternatives Analysis Guidance
The Alternative Analysis guidance document is currently under development. All workshops and opportunities for public review and input will be posted on this web page in the future. To receive email notifications regarding the alternatives analysis guidance, please subscribe to the Safer Consumer Product electronic mailing list (e-list).
Past Symposia and Presentations