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SGS offers Prop 65 compliance testing
Dec '13
Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”, a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly by California residents in 1986.

Since its enactment, there have been numerous lawsuits which have brought about the reduction of carcinogenic and reprotoxic chemicals through the reformulations of consumer products containing such chemicals.

California Proposition 65 Against Carcinogenic Chemicals

On 28 October 2011, the flame retardant tris-(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (CAS13674-87-8, TDCPP) was incorporated into the Prop 65 list as a chemical that is known to cause cancer. One year later, on 28 October 2012, TDCPP became subject to the ‘Clear and Reasonable Warning’ requirements under Prop 65.

Since the beginning of 2013, SGS reported two Prop 65 settlements for flame retardants, including TDCPP, in

- Polyurethane foam-cushioned pads for children and infants to lie on, such as rest mats
- Foam-cushioned upholstered furniture

Since the publication of Safeguards 177/13 dated September 2013, two additional Prop 65 settlements have been reached for the flame retardants i-iii in cushion pads containing polyurethane foams and changing pads:

- Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP)
- Tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (TDBPP)
- Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)

Highlights of the two new Prop 65 settlements for flame retardants TDCPP, TDBPP and TCEP are summarized below:

Product: Changing pads – Reformulation: equal to or less than 25 ppm each flame retardant.
Product: Seat cushions containing polyurethane foam – Reformulation: equal to or less than 25 ppm each flame retardant.

About SGS Services for Toys & Juvenile Products

Throughout a global network of laboratories, SGS is able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy, in consumer products for compliance with Prop 65 and worldwide requirements.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1 500 offices and laboratories around the world.


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