California Proposition 65 Testing is important for products sold in California. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as California Proposition 65, is an initiative approved by California voters to address growing concerns related to the exposure to toxic chemicals. The proposition requires the state of California to publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer and birth defects. The list which was published , which includes almost 800 chemicals, must be updated every year. Proposition 65 has enabled California residents to take control of their health and make informed decisions regarding exposure to chemicals.
The proposition, upheld by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), researches and reviews all scientific evidence of chemicals before they are added to the list. Chemicals on the list include dyes, solvents, pesticide additives, drugs, foods, common household products, as well as byproducts of other chemical processes. A chemical is added to this list if the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) or the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification Committee, made up of scientists and health officials, verifies that it causes cancer of birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Chemicals can also be added to the list if an “authoritative body” designated by the CIC or DART has determined it to be carcinogenic or birth defect causing, if a state or federal agency has required it to be labeled as cancer or birth defect causing, or lastly, a chemical can be added to the list if it meet scientific criteria and has been identified in the California Labor Code as causing birth defects or cancer.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to present clear and reasonable warnings by labeling products, posting signs or notices, or publishing in the newspaper, before they knowingly expose customers to a chemical on the list. When a chemical gets added to the list a business has 12 months to comply. Companies are also prohibited from releasing chemicals into sources of drinking water.
Proposition 65 has helped Californians reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals by increasing awareness, as well as encouraging businesses and manufacturers to remove toxic chemicals from their products in an effort to improve public health.
Do you need chemical testing or proposition 65 compliance testing? Let us help! Submit your test request on our website or by calling 1-855-377-6821! Below are the requests Contract Laboratory has received from companies needing chemical testing for proposition 65 compliance:
- Food analytical chemistry laboratory needed for Proposition 65 labeling compliance testing foracrylamide quantitation in food, coffee and dietary supplement matrices.
- Food laboratory needed for California Proposition 65 testing of molasses for acrylamides vs the standard in OEHHA California Proposition 65
- Environmental toxicology laboratory needed for EPA California Proposition 65 testing for VOC in cardboard paper by CG/MS and or LC-MS .
- URGENT Jewelry designer who needs proposition 65 laboratory testing for lead, cadmium and phalates on jewelry Please call me right away if this is something you can help with.
- Aalytical laboratory needed for California Proposition 65 Nitrosamine Testing on rubber. Please respond quickly so we know if we are moving forward with your laboratory.
- USA FDA GMP Consumer Products Laboratory needed for ASTM, FDA GMP Testing annd Proposition 65 Testing to test various porcelain tableware items. Mainly plates and bowls.
- Consumer Products Laboratory needed for jewelry testing to comply with California’s Proposition 65. Researching pricing at this time.
- Materials Laboratory needed for California Proposition 65 materials testing
- USA Consumer Products Laboratory needed for FDA Testing and California Proposition 65 testing to ensure Microfiber lunch box is compliant with California Prop 65 and also FDA’s guidelines for food safety. The tests that I need performed for the California Prop are 5 heavy metals (Lead, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, and Arsenic) and also 7 Phthalates (DnBP, BBP, DEHP, DnOP, DINP, DIDP and DnHP). As far as the FDA’s guidelines for food safety, I need assistance to determine the appropriate tests to be confident that I am selling a safe product.
- and many more!