Further Restrictions on Toxics in Packaging Under US TPCH Model Legislation

The US Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) has
updated its Model Toxics Packaging Legislation (Model Legislation) to include provisions
relating to (ortho) phthalates and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl
substances (PFAS).

Under the provisions in the update,
issued on February 16, 2021, PFAS are now prohibited and phthalates are
restricted to no more than 100 parts per million (ppm). It also adds new
processes and criteria for identifying and regulating additional chemicals of
high concern in packaging and a new definition for ‘post-consumer recycled

Stakeholders should be aware that the
requirement for phthalates is the same as those for lead, cadmium, mercury and
chromium (VI).

TPCH was originally established in
1992 by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) to promote the Model
Legislation, which restricted the four listed heavy metals. The legislation
covers packaging and packaging components, and it has been adopted by
California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland,
Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The Model Legislation also provides
certain derogations to these restrictions and requires manufacturers/suppliers
to provide a certificate of compliance (CoC) to packaging purchasers, and upon
request, to state agencies and members of the general public.

The revised Model Legislation came
into effect on the day it was issued, February 16, 2021.

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