US CPSC Announces Permanent Restriction on Eight Phthalates in Children’s Products

U.S. CPSC will issue a Final Rule to effectively restrict eight phthalates in children’s toys and child care articles.

Online PR News – 13-November-2017 – Geneva, Switzerland – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to restrict the use of phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. The decision, announced on October 20, 2017, was taken following the recommendations of the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP).

CPSC’s Final Rule will contain several changes to the existing requirements under section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). These include:

• Permanent restriction of:
o DPENP – di-n-pentyl phthalate
o DHEXP – di-n-hexyl phthalate
o DCHP – dicyclohexyl phthalate
o DIBP – diisobutyl phthalate
• Permanent restriction of DINP – diisononyl phthalate. Previously this had an interim restriction for ‘children’s toys that can be placed in a child’s mouth and childcare articles’
• Deletion of interim restriction on DNOP – di-n-octyl phthalate, and DIDP – diisodecyl phthalate, in ‘children’s toys that can be placed in a child’s mouth and childcare articles’

CPSIA uses the following definitions:

• Children’s toys – ‘consumer products that have play value and are designed or intended by the manufacturer for a child 12-years of age or younger’
• Childcare articles – ‘consumer products designed or intended by the manufacturer to facilitate sleep or the feeding of children aged three or under, or to help such children with sucking or teething’

The Final Rule will effectively restrict the use of eight phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. In addition to the five listed above, the following are also banned in any amount more than 0.1% (1000 ppm) in children’s toys and childcare articles:

• DEHP – di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
• DBP – di-n-butyl phthalate
• BBP – butylbenzyl phthalate

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used as plasticizers to soften plastics and make them pliable. They are found in a variety of consumer products.

The Final Rule will become effective 180 days after it is published in the Federal Register. Stakeholders are advised to now check their products are compliant with the latest requirements of CPSIA.

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