Global Manufacturers Take Note: DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products Priority Product Work Plan Released Today

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The final version of the California Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Priority Product Work Plan for 2015-2017 can now be viewed on the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC’s) website. The goal of the SCP program is to identify specific products containing potentially harmful chemicals and to ask manufacturers to determine (1) whether the chemicals are necessary; and (2) whether there are safer alternatives.

The Work Plan issued in final form today identifies product categories from which such so-called “Priority Products” will be researched and selected for the next three years. The Work Plan itself does not regulate any particular products or manufacturers, but is intended to provide greater predictability with respect to the products DTSC may choose to investigate. The Work Plan is also intended as a signal for manufactures to consider relevant products in their portfolios and actively participate in the process by which DTSC will select the next Priority Products.

As anticipated from the previous draft plan, the seven product categories detailed in the Work Plan are as follows:

  • Beauty, Personal Care, and Hygiene Products
  • Building Products: Painting Products, Adhesives, Sealants, and Flooring
  • Household, Office Furniture and Furnishings
  • Cleaning Products
  • Clothing
  • Fishing and Angling Equipment
  • Office Machinery

In March 2014, DTSC released the first three Priority Products to be considered for regulation. These are:

To view the complete Priority Product Work Plan: Three Year Work Plan, 2015-2017, please visit: or

For more information on how the final Priority Product Work Plan and the SCP program may affect you, please contact Maureen Gorsen or any of the other members of our Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources practice team.