Washington State To Restrict Phthalates In Fragrance; Alternatives ‘Feasible And Available’
Personal-care and beauty products can do without fragrances that contain phthalates, says Washington Department of Ecology in a November Draft Regulatory Determinations Report to state lawmakers as per the Safer Products for Washington Act. Restriction specifics will be worked out in 2022 in consultation with stakeholders, Ecology says.
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Industry and consumer advocates typically differ in their views on the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Safer Consumer Products work, and the DTSC’s investigation into hair-straightening chemicals is no exception. In any event, a Priority Product selection could be coming soon.
Washington State Ecology Mulls ‘Safer’ Definition While Exploring Phthalate Alternatives In Fragrances
Marissa Smith, senior regulatory toxicologist in the Washington Department of Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program, discusses what’s next for the state’s inaugural Safer Products go-round. “How we define ‘safer’ is really going to be the lynchpin of this whole process,” she says.
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.