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California, USA: On September 29, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill No. 2998 (AB 2998) prohibiting flame retardants in certain consumer products.

This Act prohibits the sale, offer for sale and distribution of juvenile products, upholstered furniture, and mattresses containing flame retardants at levels above 1,000 parts per million.

Flame retardants prohibited by this Act are:

  • A halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen, or nanoscale flame retardant.
  • A flame-retardant chemical defined as a “designated chemical” in Section 105440 of the California Health and Safety Code.
  • A chemical listed on the Washington State Department of Ecology’s list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children in Section 173–334-130 of Title 173 of the Washington Administrative Code as of January 1, 2019, and identified as a flame retardant or as a synergist to flame retardants in the rationale for inclusion in the list.

This Act also specifies tasks and activities to be completed by the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) and International Sleep Products Association (ISPA).

The enforcement date for these changes is January 1st, 2020.