Safer Consumer Products

We are working toward safer California households, workplaces, and products.

What is “Alternatives Analysis”?

Alternatives Analysis is a process described in the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. It compares an existing Priority Product (a product that contains a Chemical of Concern) with potential alternatives such as chemical substitution or product redesign. The process uses factors which are evaluated at each stage of the product’s life cycle. When the Alternatives Analysis is complete, 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.

Each responsible entity is required to submit a report on the completed Alternatives Analysis to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). DTSC will evaluate the report to determine if the chosen alternative creates adverse public health or environmental impacts need to be remedied by a regulatory response.

To access links to past symposia, workshops and meetings associated with Alternatives Analysis, please visit our Alternatives Analysis Resources page.