Stricter Restrictions on Toxics in Packaging Proposed by US TPCH

The US Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse
(TPCH) has opened a consultation on its proposal to regulate perfluoroalkyl and
polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and phthalates in packaging and packaging

Issued on July 9, 2020, the draft update proposes
the addition of several provisions to its ‘Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation’,

  • Prohibiting
    intentionally added PFAS
  • Restricting
    intentionally added ortho-phthalates (commonly known as phthalates) to no more
    than 100 ppm (0.01%)
  • Laying
    down the criteria for the identification and prohibition of packaging chemicals
    of high concern

was established in 1992 by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors
(CONEG) to promote its model legislation, which restricted to no more than 100
ppm the sum of four intentionally introduced heavy metals:

  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Lead
  • Mercury

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The legislation also provided certain
derogations to these restrictions and contained requirements that manufacturers/suppliers
must provide a certificate of compliance (CoC) to packaging purchasers and,
upon request, to state agencies and members of the public.

The legislation has been adopted by 19 US
states – 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 TPCH will accept comments on its draft
update until August 24, 2020.

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