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Alternatives Analysis Overview

California Safer Consumer Products Regulation

Preparing for the market-changing California Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulation is no simple task. A huge universe of products could be impacted – perhaps including yours. The Cardno team is here to assist, offering a variety of services to help companies achieve four key outcomes:

  • Compliance with the California SCP regulation.
  • Minimal if any interruption in product sales.
  • The opportunity to advance product sustainability with responsible product development.
  • Having a plan in place that proactively anticipates future regulatory challenges.

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will expect companies to respond to various requests for information, including a detailed, two-tiered alternatives analysis for the chemicals of concern and products which contain them – known as priority products. The response schedule is tight, and failure to comply may result in loss of product sales or legal action.

Learn how to stay competitive with Cardno as your strategic advisor. See the summary below along with important details in a printable Alternatives Analysis overview.

Cardno Services

Cardno’s team of experienced toxicologists, exposure assessors, resource economists, and sustainability specialists are prepared to assist you step-by-step through the process and conduct thorough and reliable alternatives analyses. Clients can rely on a variety of expert alternatives analysis services and related support, including:

  • Understanding of regulations and exemptions.
  • Identification of target chemicals in the bill of materials.
  • Investigation of viable alternatives.
  • Toxicological profiling of chemicals of concern and potential alternatives.
  • Product-specific exposure assessments.
  • Comprehensive risk assessments.
  • Final DTSC report preparation and assistance.

The Alternatives Assessment Process

Companies will be required to:

  • Determine whether a chemical of concern is necessary to the product in question.
  • Identify potential alternative replacement chemicals.
  • Identify the factors relevant for comparison of alternatives.
  • Evaluate and compare alternatives based on public health and environmental impacts.
  • Consider additional factors, including relevant exposure pathways, product performance, and economic impacts.
  • Prepare a report to submit to the DTSC. (Note: this report will become a public document.)

Details You Should Know