Alternatives Analysis Guide

View the Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide in CalSAFER and see the comments submitted

California’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program challenges product designers and manufacturers to reduce toxic chemicals in their products by identifying, evaluating, and adopting better alternatives. This approach requires an Alternatives Analysis (AA) to consider important impacts throughout the product’s life cycle and follow up with a plan to make products safer.

SCP is pleased to release the Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA Guide). The AA Guide provides useful approaches, methods, resources, tools, and examples of how to fulfill SCP’s regulatory requirements. This Draft of the AA Guide only covers the first stage AA required by the SCP regulations. A draft including the second stage AA is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2016. The two stages of the AA process are:

  • First Stage AA: During the first stage the responsible entity identifies the goal, scope, legal, functional, and performance requirements of the Priority Product and the Chemical of Concern, and uses this information to identify and screen an array of alternatives to consider. When the first stage is completed, the responsible entity documents the analysis findings in a Preliminary AA Report, and submits that report along with a Work Plan for completing the AA to the Department. See table on page 16 of the AA Guide for more details.

  • Second Stage AA: During the second stage AA, the responsible entity follows the approved work plan from the first stage AA to compare the Priority Product with the alternatives still under consideration using all available information for the relevant factors. The second AA stage contains an in-depth analysis that refines the relevant factors and product function descriptions of the first stage and expands the analysis to consider additional impacts, including life cycle and economic impacts. See table on page 17 of the AA Guide for more details.

To view the Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide and see the comments submitted to the Department, visit CalSAFER.


Webinars to present and discuss SCP's Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide were provided on October 7, 2015 and October 21, 2015. Click here to view the webinar presentation file (PDF). Below is a video from one of the webinars.


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