Canada Updates Regulations Regarding Phthalates in Vinyl Toys and Child Care Articles

Top Quote Effective June 22, 2016, Canada has replaced Phthalates Regulations SOR/2010-298 with SOR/2016-188. The new regulations contain minor editorial changes and are technically unchanged. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 16, 2016 - On June 22, 2016, Canada registered new Phthalates Regulations (SOR/2016-188) and repealed the Phthalates Regulations (SOR/2010-298). The new regulations, relating to phthalates in vinyl toys and child care articles, contain a number of editorial changes, but effectively remain unchanged in regard to technical requirements. This means, the scope of products and allowable limits for the six restricted phthalates remain unaffected.

    The new regulation, SOR/2016-188, has:
    • Deleted the 'Authorization' section relating to the advertising, sale and importation of vinyl toys and child care articles
    • Added 'article de puériculture' and 'jouet' for child care articles and toys in the English section of the Regulations

    Phthalates have been restricted in Canada, under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), since June 2011. The restricted phthalates are:
    • BBP - Benzyl butyl phthalate
    • DBP - Dibutyl phthalate
    • DEHP - Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
    • DIDP - Diisodecyl phthalate
    • DINP - Diisononyl phthalate
    • DNOP - Di-n-octyl phthalate

    Under both SOR/2016-188, and the previous SOR/2010-298, the six phthalates must be restricted to levels ≤ 1000 mg/kg in vinyl in toys or child care articles, or any part of a toy or child care article that can, in a reasonably foreseeable manner, be placed in the mouth of a child under four years of age.

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