An alternative analysis is a process described in the Safer Consumer Products Regulations that compares the existing Priority Product (product-chemical combination that contains a chemical of concern) with potential alternative (e.g. chemical substitution or product redesign) using thirteen factors evaluated at each state of the products life cycle. Upon conclusion of the alternative analysis, the manufacturer (or another responsible entity) will select an alternative chemical ingredient or alternative product design, or decide to retain the existing product-chemical combination.
An alternatives analysis report is required to be submitted to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) once the alternative analysis is completed. DTSC will evaluate the completed alternatives analysis report to determine if there is adverse public health or environmental impacts associated with the product that can and need to be remedied by one or more regulatory responses.
At this time there are no new documents available on the alternative analysis for the Safer Consumer Products Program. The links provided on this web page are for past symposia, workshops and meetings associated with the alternatives analysis.
Alternatives Analysis Guidance
The Alternative Analysis guidance document is currently under development. All workshops and opportunities for public review and input will be posted on this web page in the future.
Past Symposia and Presentations