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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Priority Product Work Plan

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Why was the Priority Product Work Plan created?

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In section 69503.4 of the SCP Regulations, it states that within one year after the effective date of the regulations, DTSC will issue a Priority Product Work Plan that identifies and describes the product categories the Department will evaluate to identify product-chemical combinations to be added to the Priority Products list during the three years following the issuance of the work plan.

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How often is the Priority Product Work Plan updated?

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According to section 69503.4(b) of the SCP Regulations, subsequent work plans shall be issued by the Department no later than one year before the three-year expiration date of the current work plan, and shall become effective upon expiration of the current work plan. The current Work Plan is for 2015-2017.

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Will the public have the opportunity to provide inputs on the Priority Product Work Plan before the final version is issued?

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Yes, prior to issuing each work plan, the Department shall hold one or more public workshops to provide an opportunity for comments and input.

Work Plan Implementation Topics

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How were the three work plan implementation topics selected?

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The three webinar topics were developed in phases. We began with the Candidate Chemicals List and 2015-2017 Priority Product Work Plan. Based on the five policy priorities in the Work Plan, we generated short lists of Candidate Chemicals with evidence of use in one or more of the Work Plan’s product categories. Next, we identified specific product groups/subcategories where one or more of these chemicals is used. Finally, we looked at all of the chemicals and products identified for common themes, which we incorporated into the three topics.

  • Chemical class theme. We identified a class of Candidate Chemicals – PFASs – that are found in all but one of our Work Plan’s product categories.

  • Product category theme. We identified a group of products – nail products – and chemicals used in a single Work Plan product category (beauty, personal care, and hygiene products).

  • Policy priority theme. We identified specific chemicals – triclosan and NPEs – that are found in multiple Work Plan product categories and that relate to a single policy priority ("chemicals that may adversely impact aquatic resources or that have been observed through water quality monitoring").

A background document summarizes our findings and concerns around each topic and identifies questions we hope to answer and data gaps we hope to fill through public dialogue with our stakeholders.

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How does TSCA reform impact SCP’s evaluation of these topics?

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The current dialogue is not part of an effort to restrict any chemical, so the preemption provisions of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act ("TSCA reform") do not apply. However, once DTSC identifies specific product-chemical combinations for possible listing as Priority Products, DTSC will consider the potential applicability of the preemption provisions of TSCA reform.

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My company manufactures products with these chemicals. How do SCP’s actions affect me?

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DTSC is not taking any new regulatory action at this time, so you will not be affected by, or subject to, any new requirements as part of our current stakeholder engagement effort. However, if you manufacture a product that is covered by one or more of the workshop topics, we encourage you to engage with us by signing up for our E-List and participating in our public webinar and subsequent meetings and/or workshops.

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How do I provide feedback/comments/concerns/evidence/data?

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DTSC provided comment periods for the three topics below. The last comment period ended on January 28, 2017. Click each link to view inputs received for each topic (including the topic documents).

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What action will happen after the webinar on November 15th?

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The webinar was the beginning of a dialogue with interested stakeholders that we hoped would help us answer questions and fill data gaps to help us identify the next round of proposed Priority Products. For each of the three topics, one or more public meetings, webinars, and/or workshops were held.

  • Nail products: For nail products meetings, the dates were selected based on responses to a post webinar survey. A public meeting took place on March 2, 2017.

  • Aquatic Impacts: For the aquatic meetings, the dates were selected based on responses to a post webinar survey. The first public meeting to discuss Aquatic Monitoring and Hazard Traits of NPEs and Triclosan was on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and the second meeting was February 8, 2017.

  • PFASs: A public workshop on the PFAS topic took place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

See our Workshops page for the presentations and webinar recordings, and to keep informed about upcoming workshops.

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Is SCP considering aquatic impacts from Flame Retardants?

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SCP recognizes that flame retardants are also of concern for the aquatic environment. While this topic is of interest, SCP is continuing to evaluate flame retardants, but they are not within the scope of this workshop.

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How do I stay informed?

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