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Cardno ChemRisk Announces Services to Address California Safer Consumer Products Regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (September 4, 2012)Cardno ChemRisk LLC, a global risk assessment company, today announced a portfolio of scientific consultant services focused on helping companies proactively respond to the recently passed California Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulation which went into effect October 1. On September 26, 2013, the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) published a list of about 230 candidate chemicals culled from a list of 1,200 and by next spring, will announce a list of five product-chemical combinations called "priority products."

According to Tony Kingsbury, vice president of sustainability, companies should address the situation before they start getting notification letters. "Companies need to know if they have candidate chemicals in their products, be prepared to perform a detailed alternatives assessment, and take steps to avoid using candidate chemicals in the future," he said. "These things take time, and rather than be caught off guard with a notification letter, companies should start the information-gathering process now to get ahead of the curve."

The universe of products potentially impacted is huge because the entire supply chain is affected. Key support services that Cardno provides include: product chemistry reviews, prioritization of chemicals vulnerable to the regulatory or supply chain deselection, risk reviews of priority chemicals, comprehensive alternatives analyses, and strategic assistance in evaluating alternatives.

According to Julie Panko, principal health scientist at Cardno, being proactive will help companies achieve four objectives: 1) compliance with the California SCP regulation, 2) minimal if any interruption in product sales, 3) the opportunity to advance product sustainability with responsible product development and 4) a plan to proactively identify and address future chemistry challenges.

"This is a huge undertaking for any company, and it's best to know your options and opportunities before the compliance deadline," she said. "Cardno's team of experienced toxicologists, exposure assessors, resource economists and sustainability specialist are prepared to help companies get through the process step-by-step."

To help companies get started, Cardno has created a unique California Safer Consumer Products Support webpage that includes details about the law, important dates, FAQs and more.