US CPSC Expands Phthalate List Exempted From Testing on Seven Plastics in Toys & Childcare Articles

Top Quote The US CPSC has expanded the list of phthalates exempted from third-party testing on seven types of plastic. The rule relates to toys and childcare articles and will come into effect in April 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 16, 2018 - On January 26, 2018, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a Direct Final Rule (DFR) to amend the exemption of seven types of plastic from third party testing for regulated phthalates in toys and childcare articles.

    The seven types of plastic are:
    • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
    • General purpose polystyrene (GPPS)
    • High-impact polystyrene (HIPS)
    • Medium-impact polystyrene (MIPS)
    • Polyethylene (PE)
    • Polypropylene (PP)
    • Super high-impact polystyrene (SHIPS)

    In late 2017, the US CPSC originally published two final rules relating to the third-party testing for regulated phthalates in certain plastics use in toys and childcare articles. These included the provisions to:
    • Exempt the seven types of plastic from third party testing for six phthalates - BBP, DBP, DEHP, DINP, DNOP and DIDP. This came into effect in September 2017
    • Restrict eight phthalates in toys and child care articles

    The recently published DFR, Federal Register (83 FR 3583), will exempt the same seven types of plastic from third-party testing for eight regulated phthalates under the phthalates final rule. These are:
    • Butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP)
    • Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
    • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
    • Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
    • Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP (DnHP)
    • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
    • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
    • Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP)

    Stakeholders have until February 26, 2018, to submit comments. If no adverse comments are received, the DFR will become effective on April 25, 2018 – the same effective date as the final rule on eight phthalates.

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