ASTM International has published a Standard Guide for Making Sustainability-Related Chemical Selection Decisions in the Life-Cycle of Products, E3027-15. The guide “outlines sustainability factors for product manufacturers to consider when comparing alternative chemicals or ingredients across the life-cycle of a product,” and is geared towards assisting manufacturers in complying with green chemistry laws like California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations. According to ASTM’s press release:
Michael Schmeida, chairman of ASTM’s Committee on Sustainability (E60), notes that the new standard provides guidance on how to perform an analysis of alternative chemicals that is now a regulatory requirement in U.S. states like California. An example is the analysis of flame retardants in children’s bedding, an important consumer safety concern. Other products that are being considered for such analysis in California include fishing gear and adhesives.
However, the standard does not provide guidance on how to conduct chemical risk assessments, alternatives assessments and other evaluations typically required under such green chemistry-type laws.
ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a variety of applications. ASTM standards, although wholly voluntary, frequently establish de facto industry standards. It remains to be seen whether and how ASTM E3027-15 will be adopted across industries.