2017 ORS 431A.265¹
Process for waiving requirement to remove or substitute chemicals

(1) The Oregon Health Authority shall grant a waiver to a manufacturer of children’s products that applies for a waiver in order to comply with ORS 431A.260 (Requirement to remove or substitute high priority chemicals of concern) if the application:

(a) Includes an alternatives assessment demonstrating that removal of the high priority chemical of concern for children’s health used in children’s products is not financially or technically feasible; or

(b) Includes a quantitative exposure assessment demonstrating that the high priority chemical of concern for children’s health used in children’s products is not reasonably anticipated to result in exposure based upon an analysis of leachability and bioavailability of the high priority chemical of concern for children’s health used in children’s products.

(2) An alternatives assessment or quantitative exposure assessment submitted under subsection (1) of this section must be conducted in a manner consistent with the guidance and frameworks for such assessments in effect on July 27, 2015, and as established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse, the State of California, as part of that state’s program for reducing toxic chemicals in consumer products, or other states or nongovernmental organizations with the applicable expertise, or as developed by the authority by rule. The authority may recommend or require that a manufacturer follow particular guidance or frameworks in order to meet the requirements of this section.

(3) If the authority determines that an alternatives assessment or a quantitative exposure assessment as described in this section is incomplete, the authority may obtain the assessment from another party. The manufacturer that submitted the assessment that was determined to be incomplete must pay for the assessment performed by the other party.

(4) The authority shall approve or disapprove a waiver application within 180 days after its submittal. If the authority fails to act within 180 days, the waiver application is deemed approved, and the manufacturer may continue to sell or offer for sale in this state the children’s product for which the manufacturer submitted a waiver application. If the authority disapproves a waiver application, the manufacturer may submit a revised waiver application for consideration within 180 days after the authority’s disapproval. [2015 c.786 §7]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 431A—Public Health Programs and Activities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors431A.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.