The bill (S 55), signed into law on 19 June, amends Act 188 – the 2014 law that authorized the state’s Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Rule.
Under the existing scheme, manufacturers are required to disclose information about products containing any of dozens of specified substances of concern. And it sets out a process for the state’s health department to impose regulations on products containing concerning chemicals.
The newly adopted measure, however, will modify the criteria that must be met before regulations may be imposed on a product. For example, it stipulates that a child ‘may’ – rather than ‘will’ – be exposed to a chemical of high concern and that the exposure carries a ‘possibility’ – rather than a ‘probability’ – of causing an adverse health impact.
Moreover, the legislation diminishes the role of a stakeholder working group that includes industry representatives. Previously, regulations could only be imposed upon this body’s recommendation; under S 55, however, the group need only be consulted.
Additional changes to the program that will be seen are: