TPCH to Update Model Legislation For Hazardous Substances in Packaging
Established in 1992, TPCH (Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse) is mainly responsible for promoting the ‘Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation’ in the United States, and to support and coordinate the implementation of the regulation.
The current TPCH Model Legislation and laws enacted in 19 states prohibit the intentional use of hazardous substances such as cadmium, lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium in any finished package or packaging component. The laws also limit the total incidental concentration of the four metals to 100 ppm.
On July 9, 2020, TPCH released the draft ‘Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse Model Legislation Update 2020’, and requests comments from the public. The overview of the revisions are as follows:
Remove the below exemptions:
|Add criteria for new toxic chemicals||
Properties of Packaging Chemicals of High Concern:
|Add processes to phase out new toxic chemicals||
The main legal mechanisms are as follows:
The consultation period of this draft ends on August 24, 2020, and the Act shall become effective immediately upon adoption. Since the electrical and electronic industry has a huge demand for packaging, and the implementation of this new Act will have a significant impact.
SGS recommends electrical and electronic and relevant packaging enterprises to take measures accordingly in order to comply with the latest requirements.
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