Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Governor Signs Bill Clarifying Cleaning Product Right to Know Act

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. this week signed a California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that clarifies the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act approved last year.

AB 2901 (Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials) provides greater clarity for implementing the act by making minor technical changes to certain terminology.

Through a robust stakeholder process, members of the cleaning product industry and nongovernmental organizations worked collaboratively to pass the act (SB 258; Lara; D-Bell Gardens; Chapter 830) in 2017. The act provides consumers and employees access to ingredient information on product labels and online.

As is often the case when drafting detailed legislation, there were minor, inadvertent typos, and inaccurate code references in the final version of SB 258. AB 2901 corrects the language before the act’s first implementation date of January 1, 2020.

In addition, since SB 258 was signed, a dictionary referenced in the law has been renamed. The former “Consumer Specialty Products Association Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary” now is called the “Household and Commercial Products Association Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary.”

The law requires manufacturers to use the ingredient name as it appears in this dictionary, if available. Making sure the current name of the dictionary is referenced in law will assist manufacturers with compliance.

Staff Contact: Adam Regele

Adam Regele
Adam Regele
Adam Regele joined the CalChamber in April 2018 as a policy advocate specializing in environmental policy, housing and land use, and product regulation issues. He was named a senior policy advocate in April 2021 in recognition of his efforts on behalf of members. Regele came to CalChamber after practicing law at Oakland-based Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, PLC, where he advised private and public clients on complex projects involving land use and environmental laws and regulations at the local, state and federal levels. Before entering private practice, Regele served as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Edward J. Davila of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Regele earned a B.S. in environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law, where he was symposium editor and research and development editor for the Hastings West-Northwest Journal.

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