Washington State Exploring Phthalate Alternatives In Safer Products Program Phase 3
The Washington Department of Ecology has submitted to the state legislature its final list of “priority products” under the Safer Products regulation, including phthalate-containing personal-care products. A recent webinar broke down next steps in Phase 3 of the program – alternatives assessment.
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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.
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.
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