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CARB proposes changes to 2004 VOC regulation.

* The California Air Resources Board (CARB) modified its proposed regulation establishing volatile organic compound standards (VOC) for consumer products that was adopted by the board in 2004. The changes follow last summer's hearing at which the board approved new VOC standards for shaving gels and hair styling products. That rule has been modified to address the agency's concerns about the use of date codes and keeping non-compliant products off retail shelves.

California procedures allow CARB to propose minor changes to a regulation adopted by the board for a 15-day public comment period. The regulation is then sent to CARB's Office of Administrative Law for final approval.

By modifying the date code, CARB is providing additional flexibility for multi-unit packages for individual products that may be manufactured on different days. For multi-unit packages "produced or assembled" after Jan. 1, 2006, one date code may be used indicating when the multi-unit package was assembled. This provides an alternative to making the date of manufacture for each product visible to the consumer at the time of purchase.

The latest version of the rule does not change the VOC limits adopted for shaving gels and hair styling products, the only new personal care products subject to this regulation.
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Title Annotation:Regulations
Publication:Household & Personal Products Industry
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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