Safer Chemicals in Children's Products

Maine prioritizes chemicals into three tiers

Link to chemicals of high concern Link to chemicals of concern Link to chemicals of high concern

Leading efforts to improve the chemical safety of consumer products, Maine’s chemical reporting regulation aims to encourage the use of safer alternatives and increase awareness of potential childhood chemical exposures from common household products.

Three tiers of priority

Maine lists approximately 1400 compounds as chemicals of concern. From this list, chemicals of high concern are designated and upon further review, may be elevated to priority chemical status which results in regulatory action. Each tier of prioritization builds upon the criteria of the list before it.

Reporting Requirements

Manufacturers selling certain categories of children's products in Maine containing any of Maine’s priority chemicals, in an amount greater than de minimis, and who have not already reported to the Department, must do so within 30 days of the product’s availability in Maine. The Department has adopted rules for each priority chemical that must be reported when intentionally added to certain children’s products which are sold in the State of Maine. Reporting forms for the specified chemicals must be submitted to Maine DEP. See the specific rule chapters for details. If you are unsure whether you are affected by these regulations please contact Kerri Malinowski at (207) 215-1894.

More Information