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California Proposition 65

Companies doing business in California, USA, need to be aware of and comply with Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986.

Companies doing business in California, USA, need to be aware of and comply with Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986.


Our California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) services offer your organization analytical testing and consultancy services to evaluate your products for composition and to recommend a pathway to Prop 65 compliance.

The Act lists more than 800 chemicals “known to the state to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive toxicity”. This list is updated at least annually. Prop 65 affects all consumer products sold or distributed in California, including textiles, footwear, hard goods, DIY products, toys, juvenile products, stationery, electrical/electronic items and more.

Prop 65 is a consumer “right-to-know law”. Unless exempted, businesses may not expose individuals to a listed chemical without first giving a “clear and reasonable warning” (a Prop 65 warning), nor discharge a listed chemical into sources of drinking water.

We can help you to determine whether Prop 65 listed chemicals are present in your products and advise you on strategies for Prop 65 compliance. We monitor Prop 65 developments and settlements – a consent agreement between the parties named in the settlement (a party not named in a settlement is not bound by that settlement).

As a result, we can help you do business in the state of California and inform you about regulatory and policy developments for consumer products, enabling you to implement a proactive and comprehensive compliance program for your products.

We offer Prop 65 testing for a wide variety of materials and products, including:

  • Articles used in manufacturing and construction, agricultural pesticides and aluminum water bottles
  • Cases for cosmetics and laptops
  • CD / DVD wallets and organizers, childcare articles, clothing, cosmetics and cords
  • Drugs
  • Electrical products and devices
  • Eyewear and eyeglasses
  • Food, food contact products, footwear, furniture, premium and decorative items
  • Glass and ceramic products for food and non-food use
  • Gloves
  • Inflatable structures
  • Jewelry, journals and planners, juvenile products
  • Key chains and charms
  • Pet products
  • PU foam materials in products
  • Stationery
  • Sunglasses
  • Tattoos
  • Toiletries
  • Toys

To achieve Prop 65 compliance, firms must provide a warning unless they can ensure that the exposure of a listed chemical poses “no significant risk level” for cancer causing chemicals or “no observable effect level” for chemicals causing birth defects or reproductive harm.

Our global network of testing laboratories means we can provide testing and consultation to ensure compliance with Prop 65 and other global regulations for restricted substances anywhere in the world.

To find out how our California Prop 65 services can help your organization, contact us today.

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