SCP Press Releases


July 7, 2017

Safer Consumer Products: New Rule for Children's Nap Mats

A new California regulation took effect this month requiring manufacturers of children's foam-padded sleeping products, such as nap mats with flame-retardant chemicals to look at ways of eliminating or finding safer alternatives to the potentially harmful... more

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June 14, 2017

DTSC Releases Guide to Help Manufacturers Identify Safer Alternatives

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today released the first version of its Alternatives Analysis Guide, which was developed to help manufacturers identify safer alternatives to hazardous ingredients in certain consumer products... more

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December 19, 2016

DTSC Releases Draft of Safer Consumer Products Alternatives Analysis Guide for Public Comment

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program has released its Draft Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guide to the public and more than 3,000 stakeholders, industry experts, government officials, and the media... more

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November 15, 2016

DTSC Webinar Focuses On Potential Priority Products

Nearly 300 industry experts and stakeholders participated today in a webinar held by the Department of Toxic Substances Control to engage stakeholders in the process of selecting the next Priority Products for DTSC's Safer Products Program... more

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July 15, 2016

DTSC Begins Rulemaking for Children’s Nap Mats

The Department of Toxic Substances Control Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program will begin Rulemaking to list Children’s Nap Mats containing the flame retardants TDCPP and TCEP as a product-chemical combination that has the potential to cause harm... more

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June 15, 2016

New Members for DTSC’s Science Advisory Panel

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today announced the appointment of three new members to its Green Ribbon Science Panel (GRSP), which provides advice and acts as a resource to DTSC on a variety of scientific and technical matters... more

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February 24, 2016

Flame retardant levels in California breast milk decreasing, DTSC study finds

Levels of flame retardants absorbed into women’s breast milk have declined significantly in California since a legislative ban on the chemicals took effect in 2006, according to a new study by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)... more

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September 24, 2015

DTSC Releases Key Safer Consumer Products Guidance Document

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released a draft of its First Stage Alternatives Analysis Guide, a key step in the implementation of California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations, which are creating safer substitutes for hazardous ingredients in consumer products sold in California... more

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March 13, 2014

DTSC challenges manufacturers to make products safer
Initiative fosters safe environment and healthy economy

SACRAMENTO –Today, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is challenging manufacturers to make their products safer and dramatically changing the way consumers are protected from potential toxic harm. As a key step in its Safer Consumer Products regulations, DTSC is announcing three draft “priority products"... more

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March 10, 2014

Announcement of California’s Draft Priority Products

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will mark a significant step in implementation of its landmark Safer Consumer Products regulations Thursday when it announces its first draft Priority Products. These products are consumer goods sold in California that each contain at least one chemical from a... more

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September 26, 2013

DTSC launches pioneering Safer Consumer Products initiative
Encourages innovation and protects Californians and the environment

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today launched the first step in California’s pioneering Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Initiative by publishing a list of chemicals that will be used to identify and eventually reformulate consumer products that are a potential threat to public health and the environment... more

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April 3, 2013

DTSC Will Host Prestigious Flame Retardants Conference
Hundreds of Leading Scientists Will Discuss Controversial Chemicals That Can Affect Children and Pets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will host the Sixth International Symposium on Flame Retardants in San Francisco, April 7-10. The event will take place at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., San Francisco. The event, held every three years, brings together about 250 experts... more