Safer Chemicals in Children's Products Rules

Manufacturers using priority chemicals in certain consumer product categories, sold within the State of Maine, are required to report to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection when used in an amount greater than the de minimis. This is a one-time reporting requirement. See reporting requirements and forms.

Please note: State Agency Rules are maintained by the Secretary of State in MS Word format, with all DEP chapters available here.

Regulation of Chemical Use in Children’s Products: Chapter 880

Fees; Chemical Use in Children’s Products: Chapter 881

Regulated Priority Chemicals

Bisphenol A: Chapter 882
Prohibits the sale of reusable food and beverage containers made with BPA; Prohibits the sale of baby food packaging and infant formula packaging made with BPA; Requires manufacturers using BPA in toys, child care articles, and tableware to file a report with the Department.

Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates: Chapter 883
Requires manufacturers using NP/NPE in household and commercial cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, and home maintenance products to file a report with the Department.

Cadmium: Chapter 884
Requires manufacturers using cadmium in certain children’s products to file a report with the Department.

Formaldehyde: Chapter 885
Requires manufacturers using formaldehyde in certain children’s products to file a report with the Department.

Mercury: Chapter 886
Requires manufacturers using mercury in certain children’s products to file a report with the Department.

Arsenic: Chapter 887
Requires manufacturers using arsenic in certain children’s products to file a report with the Department.

Phthalates: Chapter 888
Requires manufactures using one of the four phthalates listed in rule in certain children’s products to file a report with the Department.

Flame Retardants: Chapter 889
Requires manufacturers or distributors intentionally adding decabromodiphenyl ether (deca BDE) and/or hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to certain children’s products to file a report with the Department.