California Governor Signs Bedding and Textiles PFAS Prohibition and Reporting Bill into Law

Governor Newsom has signed CA AB 1817 into law. As previously reported, AB 1817 prohibits the sale in California of textile products (including bedding) containing intentionally added per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Although this bill does not define the term “bedding,” other California statutes define the term to include mattresses.

Effective January 1, 2025, the law will prohibit intentionally added PFAS chemicals, or the incidental inclusion of PFAS. above 100 ppb in 2025. This threshold will be reduced to 50 ppb effective January 1, 2027. Instead of using PFAS, manufacturers of the covered textile products must use the least toxic alternative to PFAS.

The law also requires manufacturers of the covered textile products to certify to California retailers that their textile products comply with this law. Such certifications can be provided electronically. It is unclear exactly how this certification process will work. ISPA will monitor how California regulators implement these requirements.