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US Massachusetts to Strengthen Restriction of Flame Retardants in Children’s and Consumer Products

The US State of Massachusetts favors a bill to restrict certain flame retardants in children’s products and other consumer products. If eventually approved, the new law would take effect on 1 January 2014.

US Massachusetts expands restrictions of flame retardants in consumer products.
PRLog - Jan. 17, 2014 - HONG KONG -- US Massachusetts Ensuring Consumer Products’ Safety

In March 2013, SGS  informed readers that the US Commonwealth of Massachusetts introduced bill S 351 ‘An act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants’ that would restrict certain flame retardants in consumer products including (1):

- Products for children up to the age of 12
- Residential upholstered furniture
- Consumer products

The bill has received favorable support in both Senate and House.  As of 21 November 2013, the bill has received a new draft.  If eventually approved and signed into law, the new law would take effect on 1 January 2014 (2).

Highlights of the proposal are summarized in Table 1 within the latest SafeguardS bulletin (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-00214-us-massachusetts-proposes-to-restrict-flame-retardants-in-consumer-products-a4-en-14.pdf).


(1) SGS No. 049/13 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/0...)

(2)An act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants, S 351, (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/Senate/S351) and references therein

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Please do not hesitate to contact an SGS expert for further information.

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