US State of Vermont Proposes Amendments to CHCC Reporting List for Children's Products

The US state of Vermont has issued proposals to amend and expand its reporting rules for chemicals of high concern in children's products.
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GENEVA, Switzerland - Feb. 14, 2019 - PRLog -- The US state of Vermont has announced proposals to expand the list of chemicals of high concern to children (CHCC) requiring reporting. A public meeting was held on February 1, 2019, with the general public able to make comments until February 8, 2019.

The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) is proposing several important changes, including:

·         Expanding the number of CHCCs from 66 to 86. Except for lead, the other 19 proposed chemicals are identical to 19 of the 20 chemicals adopted by Washington's Department of Ecology (DOE) in September 2017. At that time, Washington adopted chlorinated paraffins as a separate entry from short-chain chlorinated paraffins, whereas Vermont in proposing to treat these two chemicals as one entry

·         Using Universal Product Code (UPC) and Description for disclosure of information in children's products

·         Clarification of reporting years and periods – next submission is due August 31, 2020 for products sold between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2020, and biennially thereafter

·         Authorization for the Commissioner to add or remove chemicals to the list of CHCCs by rule

·         Authorizing the Commissioner that they may regulate the sale or distribution of a children's product containing a CHCC by rule

The US state of Vermont signed its 'Chemicals of High Concern to Children' act into law in June 2014. It requires the manufacturers of children's products, or representative trade associations, to report the presence of CHCCs to the DOH.

A report must be made if the CHCC is accessible and is either:

·         Intentionally added and is greater than the practical quantification limit (PQL)

·         A contaminant that is equal to or greater than 100 ppm

This act also requires provisions to establish:

·         List of CHCCs and their PQLs

·         Reporting requirements

·         Guidelines to help industry

The DOH is required to review the CHCC list every two years, from July 2017, and must submit a minimum of two CHCCs for assessment.

SGS Toy & Juvenile Product Services

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Email: crs.media@sgs.com

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