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DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations aim to create safer substitutes for hazardous ingredients in consumer products sold in California. They emphasize safer products and healthier lives by reducing and eliminating use of toxic chemicals.

The Safer Consumer Products Regulations shift emphasis in product manufacturing to the design phase. Everyday products will contain more renewable raw materials and chemicals that don’t persist in the environment at the end of their lifecycles. This approach ensures that consumer items are safe and sustainable before they enter the California marketplace.

Renewed efforts for the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives regulations began in early 2011, starting with a discussion with the Green Ribbon Science Panel to establish a science-based foundation for the regulations.

(DTSC's previous work on the SCPA regulations, including the Notice of Decision Not to Proceed with the previously proposed regulations, can be found in the Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Archive.)

In early 2011, DTSC and the Green Ribbon Science Panel formed subcommittees to more deeply discuss issues related to DTSC's regulatory efforts for Safer Consumer Product Alternatives. The subcommittees met via teleconference on a variety of subjects including chemical and product prioritization, de minimus, and alternatives assessments. Two meetings were held (May 5-6, 2011, and July 14-15, 2001) with all of the GRSP members to present advice to DTSC on the issues discussed via teleconference. All GRSP meetings, both of the subcommittees and of the entire group, were open to the public and included opportunities for the public to make comments to the GRSP.