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In 2008, the State of California passed two new laws to begin implementation of a green chemistry program:

  1. AB 1879 (Feuer, Chapter 559, Statutes of 2008) mandates that a regulatory process be established for identifying and prioritizing chemicals of concern in consumer products and to create methods for analyzing alternatives to existing hazardous chemicals. Out of this, DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program was developed. For more information on the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program, please visit the Safer Consumer Products website.

  2. SB 509 (Simitian, Chapter 560, Statutes of 2008) establishes the Toxics Information Clearinghouse, with the goal of increasing public knowledge about the toxicity and hazards of thousands of chemicals used in California every day.

Informal Draft Regulations for Safer Consumer Products

Informal draft regulations for Safer Consumer Products program are available for public review. A public workshop was held on December 5, 2011, and the informal comments are listed below.

See DTSC's Safer Consumer Product's Regulations page for more information.

DTSC Wins Federal Support in Push for Safer Consumer Products

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Video

January 18, 2012

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sign an agreement that gives added momentum to California's groundbreaking push for safer chemicals in everyday products. The agreement, known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is a major advance for Californians looking to buy safer children's toys, personal care products and other products.

View the video from YouTube (opens in new window)