There are many chemicals in our environment. Some of them are in products we all use—including children’s products. Consumers are encouraged to learn more about the chemicals that are in children’s products.
Vermont prioritizes protecting public health and the environment. Beginning January 1, 2017, manufacturers who use chemicals designated by the State of Vermont as Chemicals of High Concern to Children, must report information about these chemicals to the Health Department.
Act 188 relating to the regulation of toxic substances (2014) creates a requirement that manufacturers who use chemicals designated by the State of Vermont as Chemicals of High Concern to Children must disclose information about these chemicals to the Health Department.
"Chemical of High Concern to Children" means a chemical listed under Act 188, or designated by the Health Department as a chemical of high concern by rule under §1776 of this title.
Chemical of High Concern in Children's Products Rule
The Chemical of High Concern in Children's Products Rule provides the information required from the manufacturer about chemicals of high concern that are intentionally added to a children’s product or are in a children’s product made by the manufacturer. If the chemical is intentionally added to a children’s product, manufacturers are required to report to the State if the chemical is in the product at a level above the Practical Quantitation Limit (PQL)—the lowest amount of a chemical that can be measured in a product with confidence. If a chemical is in a children’s product made by the manufacturer, the manufacturer is required to report to the State when it is at concentrations of 100 parts per million or greater.
You can watch this video to learn how to use the Chemical Disclosure Program's online system.
- Brand Name Product Model Template – .xlsx format or .xls format. Please do not change the words in rows 1 and 2 of the template. Editing rows 1 and 2 will cause your file to be rejected. Copy and paste your data into rows 3 and below.
- Trade Secret Reporting Form – must be sent to the Health Department via email at the time that the disclosure is submitted. If it is not received within 24 hours of the disclosure, the request will not be accepted.
- Practical Quantitation Limit (PQL) Document identifies the PQLs that Vermont has set for each of the 66 chemicals, and identifies accredited laboratories that can test for the chemicals. PQL is the lowest amount of a chemical that can be measured in a product with confidence.
- Notice of Removal of a Chemical Form – use this form to notify the Health Department that a chemical has been removed from the product or that the product is no longer for sale. Upon receipt of the form, the Health Department will remove the reported information from the website.
Data and Resources
List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children – PDF file or Excel file
Each of the chemicals on this list is included in accordance with the standards set forth in Act 188 (2014). The list is organized by chemical name and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number.
Chemical Disclosure Datasets
The chemical disclosures have been submitted to the Health Department by manufacturers of children's products. The disclosures apply to children's products that are offered for sale in Vermont. These files will be updated periodically.
Brand Name and Product Model (BNPM) includes brand name and product model data for each chemical report. Product models may be words or numbers. The numbers are typically the Universal Product Code (UPC) for the product. As some brand name and product model information is insufficient to identify the product, the data will be updated with additional information provided by manufacturers. Please note that the data set is very large, and is split into multiple files below to be downloaded.
Function Set includes Chemical Name, Function, Component, Concentration, and Brick (the Global Product Classification product description).
PLEASE NOTE: The reports on this website are based on data provided to the Health Department. The presence of a chemical in a children’s product does not necessarily mean that the product is harmful to human health or that there is any violation of existing safety standards or laws. The reporting triggers are not health-based values.