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Maine Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products Law

 

The Issue 

In April of 2008, Maine passed the Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products law. The law was amended in June 2011. The law pertains only to consumer products, with a focus on products intended for, made for, or marketed for use by children under 12 years of age. The law was enacted to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Maine citizens, and to reduce exposure of children and other vulnerable populations to chemicals of high concern. The law requires Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to classify chemicals into three tiers: chemicals of concern (COCs), chemicals of high concern (CHCs), and Priority Chemicals.  The law requires businesses selling covered consumer products (children’s products) in the State of Maine to “report” the presence of Priority Chemicals in their products to the Maine DEP.

AAFA on the Issue

Although AAFA opposes unnecessarily burdensome regulations, AAFA looks forward to continued cooperation with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in educating its members and helping them to comply with the regulations.  AAFA released a primer on how to understand and comply with the reporting requirement of the law.

Resources

AAFA Primer on the Maine Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products Law

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Marie D'Avignon

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