In June 2020, the US state of Oregon published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) that seeks to establish rules to help manufacturers comply with their regulatory requirements in relation to the phasing out of High Priority Chemicals of Concern for Children’s Health (HPCCCHs) in three categories of children’s product:
The list of HPCCCHs was established following the enactment of SB 478 ‘Toxic-Free Kids Act’ (the Act) in 2015. Established and maintained by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the list contains HPCCCHs that are used in the manufacture of products for children under the age of 12. The Act also established rules governing what manufacturers must do to be compliant with the Act, contained in three phases.
The law defines children’s products as including:
Reporting an HPCCCH is required if either of the following criteria is met:
However, in the three categories of toy covered by the NPR issued in June 2020, the requirement for the manufacturer was that by January 1, 2022 (the third biennial notice), they should either:
The NPR proposes the adoption of several new provisions in relation to the substitution, removal, or waiver procedures for children’s products falling under these three categories. These provisions include, inter alia, the following:
The NPR also seeks to revise the existing language in the Act. This includes creating consistency with chemical nomenclature for HPCCCHs with chemicals of high concern for children (CHCCs) under Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA).
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