Safer Products

We are working toward Safer California households, workplaces and products

Why was the Green Ribbon Science Panel Established?

In 2008, two laws were signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provided the foundation for advancing the California Green Chemistry Initiative. Chapter 559 and Chapter 560 were first steps in developing the information needed to protect Californians from the adverse effects of toxic chemicals, by providing information about chemicals in consumer products.

Under Health and Safety Code 25254, the law establishes the GRSP consist of experts to provide advice on scientific matters, chemical policy recommendations, and implementation strategies. The Panel may perform any of the following:

  • Advise DTSC and the Environmental Policy Council on scientific and technical matters in support of the goals of this article of significantly reducing adverse health and environmental impacts of chemicals used in commerce, as well as the overall costs of those impacts to the state’s society, by encouraging the redesign of consumer products, manufacturing processes, and approaches.
  • Assist DTSC in developing green chemistry and chemicals policy recommendations and implementation strategies and details, and ensure these recommendations are based on a strong scientific foundation.
  • Advise DTSC and make recommendations for chemicals the panel views as priorities for which hazard traits and toxicological end-point data should be collected.
  • Advise DTSC in the adoption of regulations required by Green Chemistry, Article 14, Health and Safety Code.
  • Advise DTSC on any other pertinent matter in implementing this article, as determined by DTSC.

Go to the Past Meetings section on the GRSP Meetings page to see the work done so far by the Panel.