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.