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Waiver and Exemptions from Removal/Substitution

Frequently Asked Questions

What are alternatives to HPCCCH removal or substitution that a manufacturer may take by the end of the third biennial notice/reporting period of a product category/HPCCCH combination?
Instead of removal or substitution of an HPCCCH in its children’s products subject to OAR 333-016-3010, a manufacturer must take one or more of the following options on or before the due date of the third biennial notice/report  for a product category/HPCCCH combination:

Waiver and Exemption from Removal or Substitution Requirements Requests

Instead of removing or substituting an HPCCCH from a product subject to OAR 333-016-3010, a manufacturer may submit a request for:
If OHA approves either one of these requests, the HPCCCH(s) in specific brand name/product models approved in the request do not need to be removed nor substituted. Manufacturers may apply for both requests.
What options are available to support a Waiver Request?
Manufacturers making requests under OAR 333-016-3040 must support the request with either:
  • A Quantitative Exposure Assessment (QEA) meeting  the requirements of OAR 333-016-3050; or
  • An Alternatives Assessment (AA) meeting the requirements of OAR 333-016-3060.
The Guidance for a Quantitative Exposure Assessment (QEA) per OAR 333-016-3050 is available to assist in development of a QEA. [A QEA is a required component of an AA, so the QEA Guidance applies to both options.]
How does one request an Exemption from Removal or Substitution Requirements
Manufacturers making this request should follow the rules in OAR 333-016-3015. Guidance for Requesting Exemptions from Removal or Substitution Requirements per OAR 333-016-3015 may be of help in the development of this request.

Requests under OAR 333-016-3015 should be submitted and paid for at TFK's Fee Payment and Application Upload Portal. You'll select the Exemptions from Substitution or Removal Requirement Request option in the dropdown.

Manufacturers should know that exemption from the requirements of OAR 333-016-3010 using OAR 333-016-3015 may not be available for all HPCCCHs.
WHEN and HOW is a request for a Waiver or Exemption from Removal or Substitution Requirements be received by OHA?
On or before the date (January 31st)* on which a manufacturer of a children’s product must submit the third biennial notice for a product category/HPCCCH combination, OHA must receive a complete waiver (OAR 3333-016-304) and/or exemption from removal or substitution (OAR 333-016-3015) request.

A secure fee payment and application upload portal will appear at by the 15th of the November preceding the end of two-year biennial notice period. This is called the Fee Payment & Application Upload Portal. The $1500 application fee is paid and the documentation for a request uploaded at this secure website. 

Emailing the request and paying the application fee by check will be available. Directions for emailing the request and paying by check will be posted at the same location at that time.

IMPORTANT: When paying by credit card, the address entered must be the same as the billing address known to the credit card company.

If it is not, the payment will be rejected and your submission will not be accepted by OHA.

*The 2023 Toxic Free Kids Modernization Act (HB 3043) changed the due date for biennial notices/reports from January 1st to January 31st of even numbered years for the previous two-year biennial notice period. ​This took effect January 1, 2024. Details are in the Phase 4 section at the bottom for Rules and Implementation​ page.
My company has multiple HPCCCHs and/or multiple product models and styles for which I’d like a waiver. Can I submit them all together under one request?
Manufacturers may include multiple HPCCCHs and/or multiple product models and styles in the same Waiver request. Under OAR 333-016-3040, the Authority may approve or disapprove a request in whole or in part, based on criteria established in the rules.
Can OHA recommend technical expertise to assist in the preparation of a QEA or AA?
No, OHA cannot recommend specific sources of technical expertise for this purpose. However, professionals and firms with experience in assisting manufacturers to comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or European Union requirements for children’s products, are available. Trade associations for children’s products and cosmetics may be able to assist.
What happens after I submit a request for a Waiver or Waiver or Exemption from Removal or Substitution Requirements?
You will receive a receipt confirming payment of the $1500 application fee. OHA will confirm receipt of the documents by email. Contact the Toxic Free Kids Program at if this confirmation is not received 14 days after the request’s submission. Read OAR 333-016-2080 for additional information on the OHA’s process, including fees OHA will charge for review of these requests.
What are a company’s obligations for a children’s product(s) previously reported as containing  HPCCCH(s), but from which the HPCCCH has been removed?
For items affected by OAR 333-016-3010(1):
Manufacturers that have made two biennial notices/reports to OHA for product category/HPCCCH combination, must notify OHA of individual models/styles in that combination affected by OAR 333-016-3010(1).

Product models/styles to which OAR 333-016-3010 applies are those that are:
  • “Mouthable” products (per ORS 431.253(8));
  • Children’s cosmetics; or
  • Made for, marketed for use by or marketed to children under three years of age.
Manufacturers must notify OHA of those models/styles in a product category/HPCCCH combination that:
  • Will not be offered for sale in Oregon on the next January 1st of the fourth biennial notice period and after; or
  • Have had HPCCCHs removed and do not have a substitute chemical; or
  • Are no longer being manufactured; or
  • Contain substitute chemicals that are no longer being used.
The notice to OHA must include details listed in OAR 333-016-3010(3). Ninety calendar days after submitting to OHA the notice in compliance with OAR 333-016-3010(3), manufacturers must comply with OAR 333-016-3010(4). Manufacturers should use this notification form and instructions for complying with OAR 333-016-3010(3) and (4).

For other items reported under the Toxic Free Kids Act.
Manufacturers that have made one or more biennial notices/reports for a product category/HPCCCH combination, but have removed the HPCCCH, must report this change per OAR 333-0160-2060(14). Manufacturers should use this this notification form and instructions for complying with OAR 333-0160-2060(14). This must be done within 180 days of the date the date the HPCCCH was removed. 

This reporting helps OHA avoid unnecessary enforcement actions, which may save reporters/manufacturers time and money.