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Prop 65 Explained: What Jewelers Need to Know

Prop 65 California

Proposition 65, also known as Prop 65, is a California state law that requires businesses to provide warnings to consumers about products that contain chemicals known to the state to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

While Prop 65 is specific to California, its impact extends to businesses that sell products in the state, including jewelry brands. Here's what you need to know about Prop 65 and how to check if your jewelry products are compliant:

What You Need to Know About Prop 65:

List of Chemicals: Prop 65 maintains a list of chemicals known to the state to cause harm. This list includes substances such as lead, cadmium, and phthalates, which can be relevant to jewelry.

Warning Labels: Businesses are required to provide clear and reasonable warnings on products that may expose consumers to any of the listed chemicals.

Responsibility: Jewelry brands that sell their products in California or to California consumers are responsible for ensuring compliance with Prop 65.

    How to Check If Your Products Are Prop 65 Compliant:

    Identify the Presence of Listed Chemicals: Examine the composition of your jewelry to identify any of the chemicals listed in Prop 65. This may include lead, cadmium, and other restricted substances.

    Lab Testing: Consider sending samples of your jewelry for lab testing to determine the presence and quantity of these listed chemicals. This is especially important if your jewelry uses materials like metals, coatings, or gemstones that could contain harmful chemicals.

    Supplier Audits: Ensure that your suppliers and manufacturers use materials and processes that comply with Prop 65 regulations. Request documentation from your suppliers confirming the compliance of the materials they provide.

    Documentation and Records: Keep thorough records of the materials and substances used in your jewelry. This documentation may be required to demonstrate compliance.

    Prop 65 Warning Label Example

    Warning Labels: If your products contain chemicals listed under Prop 65, you may need to affix warning labels to your jewelry when sold in California. Consult with legal experts to ensure that your warning labels comply with Prop 65 requirements.

    Stay Informed: Prop 65 regulations may change over time. Stay informed about any updates or amendments to the law to ensure ongoing compliance.

    Consult with Legal Experts: If you have specific concerns or questions regarding Prop 65 compliance, consider consulting with legal experts who specialize in California's Prop 65 regulations.

      To learn more about Prop 65 you can visit the Prop 65 website.

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