SAFEGUARDS | Hardlines NO. 108/18
In August 2010, we informed you  that the US state of New York had prohibited bisphenol A (BPA) in childcare products for young children. The scope of childcare products in the law are pacifiers and unfilled beverage containers for children under three years old for the consumption of liquids. These include, among other things, baby bottles, baby bottle lines and cups, cup lids, pacifiers, sippy cups, straws and unfilled beverage containers. That piece of legislation became effective in December 2010.
In March 2018, the New Yok State Assembly introduced A9997  (companion S7944) to prohibit six BPA-analogues in childcare products. This proposal, known as the ‘Bisphenol-Free Children and Babies Act’, would expand the existing BPA prohibition in childcare products. This bill has now advanced to third reading. If eventually signed into law, A9997 amends the state’s Environmental Conservation Law and will become effective on December 31, 2019.
Highlights of the proposal are summarized in Table 1.
US State of New York, A9997, 2018 Session
Bisphenol AF (BPAF)
Bisphenol AP (BPAP)
Bisphenol B (BPB)
Bisphenol F (BPF)
Bisphenol S (BPS)Bisphenol Z (BPZ)
|Childcare products for children aged 3 and under||Prohibited||December 31, 2019|
Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for childcare products for New York State.
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