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California Proposition 65

Consumer goods sold in the State of California are generally subject to the state’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.The regulations require specific labeling on products sold in the state if the product contains chemicals listed by the state as "carcinogens" or "reproductive toxicants." Failure to provide adequate warnings can expose companies to costly legal liabilities.

AHPA President Michael McGuffin is a recognized expert on Proposition 65 and AHPA works to educate the industry and advocate for improvements to the law.

AHPA resources

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

OEHHA is responsible for developing and providing risk managers in state and local government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to decisions involving public health. Information on Proposition 65 is available on the OEHHA Web site: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html

Office of the Attorney General, State of California, Department of Justice

State law requires any person suing "in the public interest" to enforce Proposition 65 to notify the Attorney General of the lawsuit and outcome of the case. This site provides an on-line process for reporting Proposition 65 private enforcement actions in compliance with California Health and Safety Code Section 25249.7 (d) (e) and (f).

Recent Prop 65 Advocacy and News

AHPA submits comments on proposed CA Prop 65 warning changes

AHPA Update

Association offers recommendations to improve Prop 65 warnings

Goldenseal and Aloe vera "non-decolorized whole leaf extract" added to California Proposition 65 list

AHPA Update

Companies generally have one year to ensure products comply with new Proposition 65 requirements

AHPA joins coalition opposing proposed revision to Prop 65 lead safe harbor

OEHHA proposal is problematic from both a policy and scientific standpoint

AHPA joined a coalition to express concerns about OEHHA's proposed revisions to the Proposition 65 safe harbor Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for lead

AHPA comments on California proposal to list goldenseal, aloe as 'known to cause cancer' under Prop 65

AHPA criticizes one of the mechanisms OEHHA uses to add substances to the Prop 65 list

AHPA submitted comments in response to OEHHA's Notice of Intent to List goldenseal root powder and Aloe vera, whole leaf extract, as known to the state to cause cancer under Proposition 65

AHPA Revises Guidance on Prop 65 Warnings for Pulegone

Does Naturally Occurring Pulegone Represent 'Exposure' Under CA Prop 65?

AHPA has updated guidance to help members understand and comply with California Proposition 65 requirements when selling products that contain pulegone, a ketonic monoterpene that is a naturally present constituent in various plant species, including mints.

Proposition 65: What's Going On?

Presented: May 20, 2015

This webinar provides an overview of several significant developments related to California's Proposition 65. Companies that sell products in California should understand these recent changes and be prepared for additional changes that are in development.

OEHHA urged to defend Prop 65 lead limits

AHPA joins coalition criticizing lawsuit aimed at eliminating longstanding safe harbor for lead

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) joined a coalition to urge the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to demand that the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation abandon its recently filed lawsuit that would overturn the long-standing Proposition 65 "safe harbor" for lead--the most stringent in the world.

AHPA recommendations incorporated into draft regulations to amend Prop 65

Several AHPA recommendations incorporated into draft regulations to amend Prop 65

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) this week posted draft regulatory language to amend Proposition 65 warning label regulations with several AHPA recommendations incorporated. The proposed language would repeal the existing regulations that govern the provision of clear and reasonable warnings under California's law.

AHPA joins nearly 140 organizations advocating California Prop 65 improvements

AHPA joins coalition to submit comments on proposed California Prop 65 reform

In its most recent effort to improve California Proposition 65 (Prop 65), the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) joined a coalition of nearly 140 organizations and companies to submit comments in response to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA's) proposal to reform this law.

AHPA proposal for more useful Prop 65 warning gains traction among regulators

OEHHA to consider AHPA's informative, consumer friendly label warning

In a breakthrough meeting with AHPA president Michael McGuffin on Sept. 25, top officials of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recognized the value of AHPA's innovative proposal to allow more informative warnings for California's Proposition 65-listed reproductive toxins to replace the inflammatory and alarming language currently required. Based on this understanding, OEHHA requested AHPA to present specific recommendations on how to change the current regulations.
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