New York Considers Product Labeling Legislation Similar to Proposition 65

New York Considers Product Labeling Legislation Similar to Proposition 65

Proposition 65 has introduced broad data collection and product labeling requirements to companies that sell products in or into the state of California. Now, the state of New York is considering a proposal that would implement similar measures. This would impact the vast majority of companies that manufacture consumer products.

During his State of the State Address on January 15, 2019, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the new Executive Budget contains a proposal to look into an “informed consent” regulation that would protect citizens from health risk resulting from potential exposure to hazardous chemicals.

The proposed legislation would incorporate warning labels into packaging in the same manner as the requirements brought into force by Proposition 65 in the state of California.

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The proposal outlines a rudimentary starting point for the introduction of the new law and requirements, including:

  • Demand and need for the legislation.
  • The feasibility of on-package labeling.
  • Development of a list of more than 1,000 carcinogens.
  • Identification of the types of consumer products that will be in scope.

The proposal also contained special recommendations for the handling of cleaning and personal care products. Under the new law, these manufacturers would need to provide information on certain substances available to the public both on their website and in an online database.

While the legislation hasn’t yet been created, it will likely be looked upon favorably by consumers, which should in turn influence legislators.

Assent Can Help Keep Your Products on the Market

If approved, these new requirements will have an impact on any company selling products in or into the state of New York. Given that the state is one of the world’s largest economic centers, most manufacturers may have to incorporate new labeling practices. However, they would first need to analyze the composition of their products to determine which contain hazardous substances identified by the new requirements.

The Assent Compliance Platform can give your company a head start on these requirements, and help you acquire full material declarations that provide a complete look at product composition. Gathering this data will help you to quickly deploy a response strategy when new controlled substances impact your products. It can also help you show compliance with other global requirements such as the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive and, of course, California Proposition 65.

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