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Maryland Governor Signs HB 99 Prohibiting TCEP in Child Care Products

May 21, 2013

On May 2, 2013 the Governor of Maryland signed Maryland House Bill 99, which prohibits child care products containing TCEP in amounts greater than 1/10th of 1% by mass (10 ppm) by October 1, 2013.

The law defines child care products as "a consumer product intended for use by a child under the age of 3 years, including a baby product, toy, car seat, nursing pillow, crib mattress, and stroller." It does not cover child care products that are resold or distributed by a consumer for consumer use. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required to adopt regulations to carry out this requirement on or before January 1, 2014.

This law comes after New York's recent passage of a bill also prohibiting TCEP in child care products in addition to a number of other legislative proposals to ban flame retardants from children's products and upholstered furniture.

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