Background

This page last reviewed March 13, 2014


The California Air Resources Board adopts regulatory requirements for chemically formulated consumer products, fuel containers, and indoor air cleaning products. Our Consumer Products Regulatory Program is an important part of our overall effort to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxic air contaminants (TACs), and greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are emitted from the use of chemically formulated consumer products. "Consumer product" means a chemically formulated product used by household and institutional consumers, including, but not limited to, detergents; cleaning compounds; polishes; floor finishes; cosmetics; personal care products; home, lawn, and garden products; disinfectants; sanitizers; aerosol paints; and automotive specialty products; but does not include other paint products, furniture coatings, or  architectural coatings.


VOCs that are emitted into the air from consumer products and other sources (motor vehicles, stationary sources, etc.) react with other pollutants under sunlight to form ground-level ozone and particulate matter (PM2.5), the main ingredients in smog. Reducing VOC emissions from consumer products therefore plays an integral part in ARB's effort to reduce smog in California.


The following are some background and general information materials. 



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