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U.S. Rhode Island Passes Consumer PFAS Ban Act

Rhode Island will ban PFAS in a variety of consumer products starting January 1, 2027.

Recently, the State of Rhode Island General Assembly passed the House Bill 7356Aaa/ Senate Bill 2152Aaa, which enacts An Act Relating to Health and Safety -- Consumer PFAS Ban Act of 2024, prohibiting the intentional addition of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in covered products offered for sale or manufactured in the state as of January 1, 2027

Under the PFAS Act, the State aims to phase out the uses of PFAS in covered products by January 1, 2029, except in cases where their use is deemed unavoidable. 

The details of PFAS phase-out plan are outlined as follows: 

Covered productProhibitionEffective date

(i) Artificial turf; 

(ii) Carpets or rugs; 

(iii) Cookware; 

(iv) Cosmetics; 

(v) Fabric treatments; 

(vi) Juvenile products; 

(vii) Menstrual products; 

(viii) Ski wax; 

(ix) Textile articles.

Prohibited to manufacture, sell or offer for sale or distribute for sale in the state any covered product that contains intentionally added PFAS 


2027.1.1

(i) Artificial turf;

(ii) Outdoor apparel for severe wet conditions.

Prohibited to manufacture, sell or offer for sale or distribute for sale in the state any covered product that contains intentionally added PFAS, unless declared with the statement "Made with PFAS chemicals" 2029.1.1
Class B firefighing foamProhibited to manufacture, sell or offer for sale or distribute for sale, or distribute for use or use in the state any class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS2025.1.1

Notably, if a cosmetic product made through manufacturing processes contains an unavoidable trace quantity of PFAS that is attributable to impurities of natural or synthetic ingredients, the manufacturing process, storage or migration from packaging, or other such unintentional and unavoidable origin, it is not considered a violation of this prohibition. 

If the Department of Environmental Management has reasons to believe a circulated products containing intentionally added PFAS, it may direct the manufacturer to provide a certificate to attest that the product does not contain intentionally added PFAS. 

PFAS ban in other States

StatesCovered productObligationEffective date
Connecticut (Senate Bill 292)

(i) Apparel;

(ii) Carpet or rug; 

(iii) Cleaning product; 

(iv) Cookware; 

(v) Cosmetic product; 

(vi) Dental floss;

(vii) Fabric treatment;

(viii) Children's product; 

(ix) Menstruation product; 

(x) Textile furnishing; 

(xi) Ski wax; 

(xii) Upholstered furniture

Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2028.1.1
Vermont (Senate Bill 25)

(i) Artificial turf;

(ii) Cookware;

(iii) Incontinency protection product;

(iv) Juvenile product;

(v) Residential rug or carpet; 

(vi) Ski wax or related tuning product; 

(vii) Textile or textile article;

(viii) Food packaging

(ix) Aftermarket stain and water-resistant treatments for rugs or carpets

Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2026.1.1
MaineCarpets or rugsProhibited if intentionally added PFAS2023.1.1
Cleaning product, cookware product, cosmetic product, dental floss, juvenile product, menstruation product, textile article, ski wax and upholstered furnitureProhibited if intentionally added PFAS2026.1.1
Artificial turf, outdoor apparel for severe wet conditionsProhibited if intentionally added PFAS2029.1.1
All products Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2040.1.1
Minnesota
Carpets, rugs, cleaning products, cookware, cosmetics, dental floss, fabric treatments, juvenile products, menstruation products, textile furnishings, ski wax, or upholstered furnitureProhibited if intentionally added PFAS2025.1.1
All products
Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2032.1.1
CaliforniaFood packaging (AB 1200)
Prohibited if contains regulated PFAS2023.1.1
Juvenile product (AB 652)Prohibited if contains regulated PFAS2023.7.1
Textile articles (AB 1817)Prohibited if contains regulated PFAS2025.1.1
Cleaning product (AB 727)Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2026.1.1
Floor sealer or floor finish (AB 727)Prohibited if contains regulated PFAS2028.1.1
Washington Food packaging (HB 2658)Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2022.1.1
Aftermarket stain and water resistant treatments, carpets and rugs intended for indoor or outdoor uses
Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2025.1.1
Leather and textile furniture and furnishings for indoor usesProhibited if contains regulated PFAS2026.1.1
New YorkFood packaging (Senate Bill S8817)Prohibited if intentionally added PFAS2023.1.1

While there is not yet a comprehensive federal ban on all PFAS, the combination of state regulations, federal actions, and industry changes indicates a significant shift towards stricter control and reduction of PFAS use and contamination. Click here to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest news and developments in PFAS regulations here.

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