In conjunction with coverage of California’s major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products, here is a link to an issue brief from Michael Kirschner of ENVIRON, California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations: Near-Term Actions and Priorities.
Mr. Kirschner discusses a number of important topics including:
- The regulatory time frame, including near- and longer-term requirements.
- The complexity of the regulations and why it is important for many companies to be proactive in assessing their products (i.e., to do so before they are so ordered).
- Other emerging trends and developments, similar to California’s, that are making it more important to eliminate toxic ingredients in, and improve the environmental performance of, products already on the market and under development.
Mr. Kirschner is a Principal Consultant with ENVIRON, an international consultancy with 90 offices in 18 countries that helps companies resolve their most demanding environmental and human health issues.