The USCPSC has issued a final rule prohibiting children’s toys and child care articles that contain concentrations of more than 0.1 percent on five phthalate chemicals, specifically diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP), di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP), and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). The Congressional prohibition on three phthalate chemicals, specifically di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), under the CPSIA remains in full force and effect. Further information regarding the final rule are available here.
This final rule will be effective from the 25th of April 2018.
The Commission has also published a Proposed Rule for Acceptance of Third Party Laboratories for the analysis of phthalates content in children’s toys and child care articles available here.
Please note that comments on the Proposed Rule for Acceptance of Third Party Laboratories are due by January 10, 2018.