US State of Maine Proposes Additions to the List of Priority Chemicals for Children's Products

Top Quote The US state of Maine has issued a proposal to include two flame retardants in its list of Priority Chemicals. If accepted their presence in certain children's products will require reporting to the DEP. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 04, 2017 - The US state of Maine has issued a proposal to designate decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca-BDE) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) as Priority Chemicals (PC). As designated PC's, the intentional inclusion of these flame retardants, in certain children's products, will require reporting to Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

    The proposal was revealed in October 2016 and, should it be accepted, will require a completely new Chapter, numbered 889, in the 'Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products' law. If adopted, reporting on these two flame retardants will become effective within 180 days of the effective date of the new law.

    Maine's DEP has issued these proposed changes under the 'Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products' law, which was first enacted in 2008. The law requires manufacturers, importers or distributors to report the use of a PC if it is intentionally added to certain categories of product and exceeds the practical quantification limit (PQL).

    Since enactment, designated PCs are listed as:
    Bisphenol A (BPA)
    Nonylphenol ethoxylates
    Arsenic, cadmium and mercury
    Phthalates: BBP, DBP, DEP and DEHP

    A children's product is defined by the law as a consumer product intended for, made for, or marketed for use by children under 12 years of age, such as baby products, toys, car seats, personal care products and clothing. It also includes any consumer product containing a chemical of high concern that when used or disposed of will likely result in a child under 12 years of age or a fetus's being exposed to that chemical.

    The proposed addition of Chapter 889 means the scope of the proposal will include:
    Childcare articles
    Children's clothing, footwear, sleepwear and toys
    Electronic devices for children
    Household furniture and furnishings
    Mattresses and mattress pads

    Stakeholders should make a point of staying informed about proposed changes to chemical reporting in order to guarantee future compliance for their products.

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