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The first filing of a Proposition 65 notice of violation against a California retailer (Urban Outfitters, Inc.) allegedly selling sunglasses containing Bisphenol A (BpA) was made last month, on March 26, 2018. BpA, a material used in the manufacture of polycarbonate lenses, is on Proposition 65's list of potentially harmful substances and has a maximum allowable dosage in California of 3 micrograms per day from dermal exposure from solid materials.

While this maximum dosage level went into effect in California on Oct. 1, 2016, the state's changes to its Prop 65 warning language requirements will not be mandatory until Aug. 31, 2018. Products manufactured prior remain compliant as long as they use the warning language in effect on or before Aug. 30, 2018. However, companies can voluntarily elect to follow these warning language requirements now. This filing demonstrates "the importance of maintaining legally sustainable warnings," according to a statement released March 31, 2018, by The Vision Council.

The Prop 65 warning label changes scheduled to go into effect in California on Aug. 31, 2018, are described on The Vision Council website here. Additional information on Prop 65 can also be found on The Vision Council website in a detailed report from February 2016, California Proposition 65 The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 Guide for Ophthalmic Suppliers.

For more information, contact The Vision Council regulatory counsel, Rick Van Arnam, at, or The Vision Council senior technical director, Michael Vitale, at

Serving the optical industry from Toronto for more than 40 years, Plastic Plus is opening a new 30,000-square-foot lab, doubling its lens manufacturing and coating capacity. The new facility incorporates the latest machinery from Satisloh, MEI, A&R, Schneider and OptoTech, manufacturing lenses from Seiko, Rodenstock, Shaw and IOT.

"We are incredibly excited to debut this new facility to the industry," said Paul Faibish, president. "More than three years of planning and construction went into creating what is now one of the top optical labs in the world. Every area of production has been enhanced to improve quality and service. With our advanced conveyor systems the process is now completely automated. We strive to provide the best lens technology available. We manufacture in Canada. We do not send our work offshore, and we do not operate retail in direct competition with our Canadian clients. This lab is not just for us but for our clients who believe like we do that independent optical is important and deserves the best products and service."

Faibish was named OLP's Lab Innovator of 2017, when he was interviewed along with his son Jason here: "Hedging Bets and Taking Chances," published along with a timeline of Plastic Plus milestones. The first official lab tour will be held during the Ontario Opticians Association Inside Optics conference on Sunday, April 29.

Registration is open for the 2018 COLA Spring Meeting, to be held April 26-27, 2018, at the Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA. COLA (the California Optical Laboratories Association) is managed by The Vision Council, which sponsors the Spring Meeting annually in California. A golf tournament, with sponsorship opportunities will be held in conjunction with the meeting.

The meeting agenda will cover the following topics: "What The Vision Council Is Doing for the Industry," by Ashley Mills; "Prop 65 Labeling Update," by Rick Van Arnam; "Weeding Through: California's New Recreational Marijuana Laws," by Hedley Lawson; "Danger in the Comfort Zone," by Mike Karlsrud; "Sexual Assault & Harrassment and the #MeToo Movement," by Hedley Lawson; "Continuous Improvement — from the American Society for Quality," by Bill Oakes and Sabine Rentschar; "California's New Salary History Ban in Employment," by Hedley Lawson; "Technical and Government & Regulatory Affairs Updates," by Michael Vitale, ABOM; "The Latest on the Electronic PAL Identifier," by Paul Wade; and "Think About Your Eyes Update," by Ron Sallerson.

Click here for more information and to register.

At least four new lens technologies were introduced at Vision Expo East, held in New York City last month — Essilor's Essential Blue Series, VSP Optics' SunSync Drive XT, Carl Zeiss Vision's UV Protect Technology and VISION EASE's Coppertone lenses in Trivex material. READ MORE>>

The Vision Council's Lens Division and Lens Product Description Standard Committee have announced changes to the Lens Description Standard, with additions to the standard in the color and filters categories. The updated standard (Lens Description Standard v. 2.2) includes the color violet with a label of VIOn, and the High Energy Visible filter, with a label of HEV. READ MORE>>

Extra gray, pioneer green and blue have been added to the current portfolio of brown and gray colors available in Carl Zeiss Vision's PhotoFusion self-tinting lenses. The new extra gray color gets darker than the original gray, even in warm climates, yet is still very clear indoors, according to the company, and pioneer green has the timeless gray-green sunlens tint when activated. READ MORE>>

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