Cal DTSC Adds PFAS-containing Carpets to Priority Products List

Posted on 9/27/2021 by Lauren Scott

California DTSC has designated carpets and rugs containing PFAS as “Priority Products” under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program.

Manufacturers of carpets or rugs containing per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were required to notify DTSC by August 30. Manufacturers have until December 28, 2021 to evaluate alternatives and report to DTSC regarding their plans to remove or replace PFAS in their product.  

All parties in the supply chain should stay informed about these requirements: If a manufacturer fails to meet its SCP compliance responsibilities, importers, retailers, or distributors may be subject to the regulation.

SCP and Priority Products

The Safer Consumer Products program took effect on October 1, 2013 with a goal to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products, create new business opportunities, and help consumers and businesses make informed buying decisions.

The SCP program uses a four-step process to reduce the toxic chemicals that California consumers purchase and use. The program identifies specific products that contain potentially harmful chemicals and asks manufacturers, importers, and other businesses that offer these products to answer two questions: “Is this chemical necessary?” and if there is a safer alternative that can be used.

Discussions on adding carpets and rugs containing PFAS to the Priority Product listing began in early 2017 and was included in the 2018-2020 Priority Product Workplan. This marks the fourth Priority Product added to the list. The current Priority Products are:
  1. Children’s foam-padded sleeping products containing trisphosphates (TDCPP or TCEP);
  2. Spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates;
  3. Paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride; and
  4. Carpets and rugs containing PFAS.

DTSC develops a Priority Product Workplan every three years to identify potential Priority Products to be evaluated in that timeframe. Four other products are currently in or about to start the rulemaking process. These are:
  1. Treatments containing PFAS for use on converted textiles or leathers;
  2. Laundry detergents containing nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs);
  3. Paint and varnish strippers and graffiti removers containing n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP); and
  4. Nail products containing toluene.

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