At ADSL our team of certified toxicologists and regulatory experts is dedicated to assisting cosmetics companies in understanding and adhering to Proposition 65 requirements, ensuring the successful placement of their products in the California market.

Understanding Proposition 65

Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, has been a regulatory staple in California since 1986. This legislation obligates the State of California to maintain and regularly update a comprehensive list comprising over 900 substances that are recognized as carcinogenic or capable of causing reproductive and developmental toxicity.

Who Needs to Take Action?

For companies planning to introduce products into the California market, compliance with Proposition 65 is essential. This involves reporting the presence of Prop 65-listed substances in their products by affixing the mandatory “warning label.” The Prop 65 warning label serves as a crucial notification for Californians regarding potential exposures to these substances, particularly in consumer products, including cosmetics, available locally.

The necessity for a warning label arises when consumers could potentially be exposed to a Prop 65-listed substance at levels surpassing the Safe Harbor Level (SHL), which is determined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) for substances listed under Proposition 65.

Navigating the Challenges

The scope of Prop 65 regulation encompasses all cosmetic products sold within the State of California. This presents a significant challenge for companies that may not be aware of the problematic substances in their products or the associated SHLs. These complexities can make it difficult to ascertain whether a Prop 65 warning label is required. Non-compliance with Proposition 65 can result in fines, legal actions and product reformulations, all of which can be detrimental to product launch.

The ADSL Advantage

Our team at ADSL Advance Development and Safety Laboratory offers a comprehensive solution to address the intricacies of Proposition 65 compliance issues faced by cosmetics companies selling in California

Step 1 – Full Formulation Review

ADSL conducts thorough assessment of formula chemical composition, evaluating toxicological profile of raw materials and their impurities. Substances are checked against Proposition 65 list.

Step 2: Exposure Assessment

Safe Harbour Limit for substances identified on Proposition 65 list is being checked and exposure from formula calculated.

Step 3 – Analytical Testing

Compliance borderline levels of substances of concern are possible to be analytically tested at ADSL laboratory for real time data analysis. Decision on the required warning is discussed with the customer.

With ADSL Advanced Development and Safety Laboratories as your partner, you can confidently navigate Proposition 65 compliance for cosmetics products, ensuring the smooth placement of your products in the California market while safeguarding your business from potential regulatory issues. For all your Proposition 65 compliance needs, trust ADSL to deliver expert guidance and comprehensive solutions.

Take the next steps

We hope this is helpful to you. If you have any further questions or require any clarification please don’t hesitate to please speak to our Global Compliance and Registrations team today. Please call +44 (0) 1803 520 048 or book a free video consultation with us using the Get Started link.

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