Deadline Looms for Children’s Product Manufacturers in Scope of Children’s Safe Products Act

Deadline Looms for Children’s Product Manufacturers in Scope of Children’s Safe Products Act

Does your company sell children’s products in or into the State of Washington? If so, the deadline for reporting on substance data is coming up on January 31, 2019.

Under the Children’s Safe Products Act, companies have a responsibility to communicate with the Washington State Department of Ecology if their products contain a chemical of high concern (CHCC). Companies may be in scope of this regulation if their products:

The agency has reporting guidance available on its website, along with additional guidance to help you determine if your company is the entity responsible for reporting on the CHCCs in your product.

Download The Assent Compliance Product Compliance Guide  for more information on how Assent can help your company collect substance data from the supply chain.

While many of the substances on the CHCC list may not be harmful to children, the Department of Ecology maintains a database on these substances in consultation with the Department of Health to understand which of them and to what degree they exist on the market. When the effects of these substances are better understood, the regulatory agency will be poised to issue product recalls. The agency will also make declarations available to the public in order to inform consumer decision-making.

Chemicals of high concern may not present any immediate danger to companies or those they come into contact with, but there is a fair degree of operational risk. If the agency issues a recall with respect to dangers associated with the substances in their products, companies may need to take back stock. This could also impact company reputation if it is uncovered that a company used a CHCC when there was a less questionable substance available.

If your company is in scope, you may need to report on any CHCCs sold into the State of Washington from the period of September 1, 2017, to December 31, 2018. These should be submitted to the database at the Department of Ecology’s online portal, where they will be reviewed and made available to the public as of February 28, 2019.

Assent helps companies collect this substance data through its State-Level CSPA Module. The module enables manufacturers cost-effectively identify when CHCCs are present in their products by automating supply chain engagement and expediting it with our database of shared compliance contacts and declarations.

For more about how Assent can help your company collect CHCC data, as well as a range of product compliance data types from the supply chain, contact our experts at