Washington State’s Safer Products Program May Prioritize Phthalates In All Cosmetics, Not Just Fragrance
In January, the Evergreen State was considering targeting phthalates in perfumes, colognes and body mists and sprays for alternatives analyses and potential regulatory action under its California-esque Safer Products program. More than 1,300 stakeholder comments later, the Department of Ecology is proposing that general use of phthalates in cosmetic products warrants a look.
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California’s Safer Consumer Products regime has been criticized for being too slow to address perceived dangerous chemicals and too reliant on manufacturer-led alternatives analyses. Washington state’s Safer Products program established in 2019 is designed to eliminate those alleged impediments.
The Evergreen State’s California-esque Safer Products for Washington program is looking at phthalates use in the beauty and personal-care sectors as one of its first proposed priority product selections, which could lead to reporting requirements or sales restrictions.
Other nail-care chemicals beyond toluene could be selected down the line for Priority Product consideration under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, the program’s Acting Deputy Director Karl Palmer suggested in an interview. For now, the Department of Toxic Substances Control is moving its toluene documents through peer review, with possible rulemaking to follow.