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Alternatives Analysis

Alternative Analysis is a process described in the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. It compares an existing Priority Product (a product that contains a chemical of concern) with potential alternatives such as chemical substitution or product redesign. The process uses thirteen factors, which are evaluated at each stage of the product’s life cycle. When the Alternative Analysis is complete, 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.

Each responsible entity is required to submit a report on the completed Alternatives Analysis to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). DTSC will evaluate the report to determine if the chosen alternative creates adverse public health or environmental impacts need to be remedied by a Regulatory Response.

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 manufacturer of a product or another responsible entity such as a consortium, trade association, public-private partnership, non-profit organization, or other entity acting on behalf of the responsible entity, must conduct an Alternative Analysis.

Alternatives Analysis Guidance and Notification

DTSC is developing a guidance document for the Alternative Analysis process. Future workshops and opportunities for public review and input will be posted on this web page. To receive email notifications regarding the Alternatives Analysis guidance, please subscribe to the Safer Consumer Product electronic mailing list (e-list).

Other Information

Past Symposia and Presentations

Other Documents