Latest California Prop 65 Settlement Agreements Involving DINP in Consumer Products

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  • (1888PressRelease) August 10, 2018 - In recent months, several California Proposition 65, known as Prop 65, settlement agreements have been reached regarding the use of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in various consumer products.

    In all agreements the reformulation requirements for DINP are either less than 1000 ppm or not more than 1000 ppm, with the majority of the settlements allowing the use of a Prop 65 Warning as an alternative. The exception is the agreement for electronic accessories, parts and products.

    The settlement agreements cover:

    • Desk pads - ≤ 1000 ppm otherwise warning
    • Electronic accessories, parts and products - ≤ 1000 ppm
    • Flexible power cords/extension cord products - ≤ 1000 ppm otherwise warning
    • Pillow and mattress protectors - ≤ 1000 ppm otherwise warning
    • PVC coated rubber gloves - < 1000 ppm otherwise warning
    • PVC plug fits for coin banks or salt shakers - ≤ 1000 ppm otherwise warning
    • Vinyl letterings - < 0.1% otherwise warning
    • Vinyl stair treads - ≤ 1000 ppm otherwise warning

    Prop 65 is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, a unique consumer-led initiative that requires the state to maintain a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. Since it was first published in 1987, the list has evolved and now contains more than 860 chemicals.

    Once a chemical is listed, companies are required to provide a ‘clear and reasonable’ warning, Prop 65 Warning, before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to the substance, and cease discharging it into sources of drinking water. Stakeholders should be aware that the requirements concerning the form of the Prop 65 Warning will change on August 30, 2018.

    DINP was first added to the Prop 65 list in December 2013 as a chemical known to cause cancer. Therefore, companies doing business in California, unless exempted, have been bound by the warning requirements since December 2014. Exemptions include businesses with less than ten employees, government agencies, and businesses where exposure creates no significant risk of cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

    Stakeholders should be aware that, while companies not named in a settlement are not legally bound by it, they are advised to use the settlement reformulation limits as a reference to avoid possible future litigation.

    SGS Prop 65 Services
    With a global network of laboratories, SGS can offer comprehensive testing, product assessment and consultancy services related to California Proposition 65. SGS can assist your risk management strategy in consumer goods, such as DIYs, electrical and electronics, hardgoods products, juvenile products, and textile & toy products. Learn more about SGS’s Prop 65 Services. []

    SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full California Proposition 65 Reformulation of DINP in Consumer Products SafeGuardS. []

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    For further information contact:

    Hing Wo Tsang Ph.D
    Global Information and Innovation Manager
    Tel:(+852) 2774 7420
    Email: ( @ ) sgs dot com

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