Natural Products Association Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Dr. Cara Welch will testify at an upcoming public hearing about rulemaking for the California Green Chemistry Initiative. The hearing will be held on Monday, Sept. 10, in the Byron Sher Room of the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building in Sacramento. Dr. Welch will present NPA’s views about the rulemaking underway by the Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) and the effect it will have on NPA member companies.
“NPA remains concerned with the course of this rulemaking and the unfair burdens it places on businesses manufacturing products for sale in California and retailers operating in the state,” said Dr. Welch. “DTSC adjusted the alternatives assessment process for this draft of the regulations but the process is still overly burdensome for the small and mid-size companies NPA represents. This process has been estimated to cost as much as $6 million, a heavy burden in an uncertain economy. Given this expense, products prioritized by DTSC for assessment will be removed from the market instead of reformulated.”
Dr. Welch added, “DTSC does not have the resources to carry out their duties under these regulations. We expect they may rely on delaying tactics that would harm consumers by impeding the ability to bring new products to the marketplace. Finally, the burden on retailers of monitoring the process for all priority products and registering with DTSC is unreasonably heavy. This inevitably will lead to the removal of products from store shelves.”
Dr. Welch concluded, “As the leading association voice for retailers and manufacturers of natural products, NPA continues to advocate for a stable business environment for those who manufacture and sell natural products in California. We also will be submitting comprehensive written comments about how to make these regulations work for everyone.”
Text of the rulemaking can be found in the California Regulatory Notice Register (Z-2012-0717-04) on July 27, 2012. Get updates on NPA activities in California at twitter.com/NPACalifornia.