Safer Consumer Products


The Safer Consumer Products program strives to reduce toxic chemicals in products consumers buy and use. It identifies specific products containing potentially harmful chemicals and asks manufacturers to answer two questions: 1) Is this chemical necessary? 2) Is there a safer alternative?

The program requires manufacturers to conduct a thorough analysis of alternatives to make sure they don't pose environmental or health problems. The result is that consumers will confidence that the products they buy are safe for their families and the environment.


DTSC is developing a Priority Product Work Plan which identifies product categories from which Priority Products will be selected over the next three years. DTSC invites you to participate in our workshops to discuss the draft Priority Product Work Plan. Workshops will be held on September 25, 2014 at the CalEPA Headquarters in Sacramento, and on September 29, 2014 at DTSCs regional office in Cypress. For workshop details and registration, please see our workshops web page. The draft Work Plan is available for public comment using our California Safer Products Information Management System (CalSAFER) until 5 p.m. (PDT) on October 21, 2014.


What is a Priority Product? A Priority Product is a consumer product that contains one or more chemicals – known as Candidate Chemicals – that have a hazard trait that can harm people or the environment. A proposed list of three product-chemical combinations was released on March 13, 2014. This initial Priority Products list is the first set of product-chemical combinations to be named for consideration by DTSC to be regulated under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. Publication of this draft list of products imposes no new regulatory requirements on manufacturers until DTSC finalizes it by adopting regulations. Read more

The Priority Products and Candidate Chemicals: