CARB recently issued the 2013 Consumer & Commercial Products Survey, which requires companies to report sales and formulation data for all chemically formulated consumer and commercial products that are sold or supplied for use in California.
CARB is authorized by law to collect data about chemically formulated products and from time to time gathers information through mandatory surveys. The last such survey was in 2006.
According to CARB, the purpose of the 2013 Survey is to gather current information on volatile organic compounds (VOC), low vapor pressure VOC (LVP-VOC), and greenhouse gas (GHG) content from consumer and commercial products sold or supplied for use in California. The Survey will also assist CARB in determining the feasibility of further reducing consumer product emissions, updating the consumer products emissions inventory, and evaluating emissions trends for consumer products.
The Survey requirements are detailed and require reporting of a wide variety of chemically formulated consumer and commercial products, even if those products do not contain any VOCs or contain low VOCs. CARB has hosted informational webinars regarding the Survey. The next CARB webinar is on December 15, 2014.
The 2013 Survey officially started on September 1, 2014, and all 2013 data must be reported to CARB by March 2, 2015. But companies can expect to devote substantial resources well into 2016 to comply with CARB’s mandatory reporting requirements. That’s because the Survey covers a three-year period and will require further reporting of sales and product ingredient data for 2014 and 2015, in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
In particular, data from the Survey will be used to help CARB prepare for the new State Implementation Plan (SIP) which by 2016 will be required to meet more stringent standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). CARB is collecting data in preparation for the SIP, and is updating its emission inventories by collecting sales and ingredient data for all consumer product categories.
CARB has developed a list of pre-screening questions to help companies determine if they are required to submit survey data to CARB. In general, each responsible party listed on the label of a consumer product that was sold or supplied for use in California during the calendar year, and falls into a category listed on that year’s Survey Category List, is required to report data to CARB.
The categories of consumer products that are subject to reporting are comprehensive: California Air Resources Board 2013 Survey – List of Survey Categories .Highlights from this list of the 2013 Survey categories include:
- Personal Care Products: Antiperspirants and deodorants, body, hand and face cleaners, eyeglass and contact lens care products, facial and body treatments, fragrance products, hair care products, health use products, makeup cosmetics, nail care products, oral care products, shaving products, and pet care products
- Adhesives, Sealants and Related Products: Adhesives, sealants and caulks
- Household and Institutional Products: Air fresheners, odor removers/eliminators, other air scented products, arts and crafts supplies, cleaners and degreasers, dishwashing products, fabric, carpet and upholstery care products, food-related sprays and aerosol products, fuels and lighter materials, garden and lawn care products, laundry products, miscellaneous household products, office supply products, pool/spa/whirlpool/Jacuzzi/pond products, shoe and leather care products, waxes and polishes
- Pesticide Products: Anti-microbial agents, fungicides and nematicides, herbicides, insecticides and repellants
- Solvent and Thinning-Related Products: Electronic-related and miscellaneous solvent and thinning products
- Vehicle and Marine Vessel Aftermarket Products: Detailing products and maintenance and repair products
- Aerosol coating products: General coatings and specialty coatings
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