DTSC Releases Initial Chemical List (Candidate Chemicals) for the Safer Consumer Product Regulations

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The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released its initial list of candidate chemicals pursuant to its Safer Consumer Product Regulations (advisory). A candidate chemical is defined as one that exhibits a “hazard trait and/or an environmental or toxicological endpoint” and is found on one or more authoritative lists under section 69502.2(a) or listed by the DTSC using criteria found in section 69502.2(b). The chemicals on this initial candidate list will form the set of chemicals for which DTSC may commence seeking toxicity data and their presence in products sold in California.

The list details the background for listing each chemical and forms the set from which DTSC will select as Chemicals of Concern “if they are identified as part of a product-chemical combination that is listed as a Priority Product.” DTSC has published a Candidate Chemical database that allows users to search for chemicals by chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Numbers (CAS RNs). There are 312 chemicals on the initial list.