New Regulations for Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products Proposed in New York State

Top Quote New York State has issued a proposal to introduce reporting rules and restrictions on the use of certain chemicals in children’s products. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 06, 2019 - New York State in the US has issued a bill that will, if approved, introduce new regulations regarding the reporting and restriction of toxic chemicals in children’s products.

    The bill, A6296A – ‘An Act to amend the Environmental Conservation Law’, was introduced in March 2019. If accepted, it will amend the state’s Environmental Conservation Law by creating a new Title IX – ‘Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products’.

    The bill defines children’s products as – primarily intended, made, or marketed for use by children aged twelve or under. This includes:
    • Apparel
    • Baby products
    • Bedding
    • Car seats (detachable)
    • Childcare articles
    • Furnishings
    • Furniture
    • Jewelry
    • Novelty products
    • Personal care products
    • School supplies
    • Toys

    The bill contains the following important provisions:
    • An initial list of 103 chemicals of concern (CoCs)
    • An initial list of nine dangerous chemicals (DCs), some of which are a family of chemicals
    • The lists of CoCs and DCs will be made available on the authority’s website within 180 days of the effective date of the Act, and these will be reviewed periodically
    • Reporting requirements on the use of DCs or CoCs in children’s products at practical quantification limits (PQL) levels
    • Reporting requirements for children’s products within 12 months after a DC has been added on the list
    • Fee requirements and waivers for reporting
    • Consumers are to be notified of children’s products containing CoCs and DCs on the authority’s website
    • Manufacturers of children’s products containing a DC are to notify downstream users on the presence of such a chemical, and to provide information on its toxicity
    • Children’s products containing the following DCs will be prohibited from January 1, 2023:
    o Asbestos
    o Benzene
    o Formaldehyde other than in textiles
    o Organohalogen flame retardants
    o Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate
    • Children’s products containing DCs will be prohibited three years after the DC has been added to the list
    • Directing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to implement rules and regulations for implementing the Act

    If approved, the provisions of the bill will apply to manufacturers, importers and first domestic distributors.

    Stakeholders should be aware the bill is currently going through the legislative process and may receive revision. However, when/if it is approved, the act will come into effect on March 1, 2020.

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