A new restriction on 1,4-dioxane in household cleansing products, personal care products and cosmetics products came into effect in New York on January 1, 2022.
The Governor in New York signed into law bills A6295A and S4389B in 2019, amending Section 35-0105 and adding Section 37-0115 to the Environmental Conservation Law. This legislation became effective on January 1, 2022, introducing a restriction on the level of 1,4-dioxane in household cleansing products, personal care products and cosmetics products.
A timeline for transition has been provided, giving manufactures time to implement the new requirements and remove 1,4-dioxane from their products. The first transition deadline is now approaching (end of 2022).
|Product types||Limit and timeline|
Household cleansing product
NMT 2ppm (by Dec 31, 2022)
NMT 10ppm (by Dec 31, 2022)
Personal Care Products
NMT 2ppm by (Dec 31, 2022)
1. NMT denotes Not More Than.
2. Cosmetic product’ means any article (a) intended to be rubbed, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and (b) intended for use as a component of any such article, as defined in Section 37-0117(1) of the Environmental Conservation Law. It does not include any personal care product as defined in Section 37-0117(2) of the same Law.
3. ‘Personal care product’ means any product intended for cleaning or cleansing any part of the body, such as the skin and hair, and including but not limited to, hair shampoo, hair conditioner, soap, bath gels and other bath products, as defined in Section 37-0117(2) of the Environmental Conservation Law.
4. ‘Household cleansing product’ means any product, including but not limited to soaps and detergents, containing a surfactant as a wetting or dirt emulsifying agent and used primarily for domestic or commercial cleaning purposes, including but not limited to, the cleansing of fabrics, dishes, food utensils and household and commercial premises, as defined in Section 35-0105(1) of the Environmental Conservation Law.
- Senate Bill S4389B, https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a6295/amendment/a
- Assembly bill A6295A, https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s4389/amendment/b
- Section 35-0105 of the Environmental Conservation Law, https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/ENV/35-0105
- Section 37-0117 of the Environmental Conservation Law, https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/ENV/37-0117
- News from Department of Environmental Conservation, https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/121658.html
Queenie Ho-yan TSE
Technical Services Manager
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