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Proposition 65

Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The Proposition was intended by its authors to protect California citizens and the State's drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such chemicals.

California Proposition 65 affects all consumer products sold or distributed in California, including textiles, hard goods, DIY, toys, juvenile products, and electrical/electronic items. In its simplest form, Prop 65 is a consumer “right-to-know law” that informs consumers if certain hazardous chemicals are present in a product.

The Act lists more than 800 chemicals “known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity”. Its purpose is to protect California’s citizens and drinking water from the potentially harmful effects of toxic chemicals in everyday products and consumer goods. The list is updated and published at least annually.
CA Prop 65 testing includes products in the following categories:

  • Jewelry
  • Toys
  • Electrical devices
  • Glass & ceramic materials
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Drugs
  • Agricultural pesticides
  • Dyes
  • Cosmetics
  • Premium and decorative items
  • Articles used in manufacturing and construction
  • By-products of chemical processes: exhaust from motor vehicles, tobacco smoke, burning natural gas

To achieve CA Prop 65, compliance firms should ensure that products they sell in California do not pose significant risk of exposure to cancer or reproductive harm, or provide clear and reasonable warnings. A California Prop 65 warning must be given for listed chemicals. Our products are compliance with Proposition 65 and all global regulations for restricted chemical substances anywhere in the world.

Source: SGS


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