Winter 2021

Product Stewardship and California’s Proposition 65

Dear Colleague,

In this issue of Trends, we discuss the topics of Product Stewardship and California’s Proposition 65.

The first article describes the significant impacts of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, a regulation that has been in place for nearly 15 years and has had major impacts on many consumer products worldwide.  The second article discusses the variety and number of voluntary third-party certification programs and retailer initiatives, which have been developed to promote the use of safer ingredients in products.  The third article uses several chemical exposure scenarios as examples to illustrate how different factors can affect whether or not a product receives a Proposition 65 warning label.  Our guest editorial, contributed by Carol Brophy, Esq., at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, discusses the product stewardship implications of Proposition 65.

Gradient contributors to this Trends issue include Charlotte Marsh, M.S.; Ife Bamgbose, M.S.; and Rosemary Mattuck, M.S.

We hope this issue of Trends provides you with insights on the topics of Product Stewardship and Proposition 65.

Yours truly,

Kurt Herman, M.Eng., P.G. and Chris Long, Sc.D., DABT