California proposition 65 

The Center for Advanced Public Awareness  is primarily concerned with issues relating to consumer safety. Our current focus is on Proposition 65 violations, where consumers face significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  

Toxics testing program

As part of CAPA's ongoing support of a consumer's right to know what chemicals may be in products they are actively using and in an effort to decrease the numbers and variety of potentially toxic products that reach California consumers, CAPA is pleased to offer free laboratory testing for phthalates, pesticides, lead, arsenic, cadmium in consumer products.  Simply complete the form here to submit your product for screening and approval for admission to the program. 


what is prop 65

Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.  To learn more about Proposition 65, you can contact us at any time. 


prop 65 list of chemicals

Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

Proposition 65 became law in November 1986, when California voters approved it by a 63-37 percent margin.  The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

The list of Proposition 65 chemicals includes a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust.

The chemicals that CAPA is currently primarily concerned with are phthalates, commonly used as softeners in plastics.   These chemicals have been shown to cause reproductive harm, and several are also banned under the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in children's toys and childcare articles.

For the complete list of current proposition 65 chemicals, you can read more here from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).