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On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a final rule restricting the use of eight phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles to less than or equal to 0.1%.

The restrictions relate to:

  1. BBP – butylbenzyl phthalate
  2. DBP – di-n-butyl phthalate
  3. DEHP – dicyclohexyl phthalate
  4. DCHP – di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
  5. DHEXP (DnHP) – di-n-hexyl phthalate
  6. DIBP – diisobutyl phthalate
  7. DPENP – diisodecyl phthalate
  8. DINP – diisononyl phthalate

Published in the Federal Register as 82 FR 49938, the final rule confirms the CPSC’s vote of October 20, 2017, in essence putting into effect the recommendations of a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) report. The restrictions are implemented under section 108 of the ‘Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA)’, the section concerned with the restriction of phthalates.

The original section 108 of CPSIA permanently restricted BBP, DBP and DEHP, and restricted DINP, DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate) and DIDP (diisodecyl phthalate) on an interim basis. The final rule continues the interim restriction on DINP but expands its restriction to include all children’s toys and childcare articles, while DNOP and DIDP have become derestricted. It also contains a new paragraph repeating the statutory provision stating that the restriction of phthalates applies to plasticized component parts of children’s toys and child care articles, or other component parts of those products that are made of materials that may contain phthalates (U.S.C 15 Chapter 37 §2057c(c).

This final rule is a children’s safety rule. It requires the Commission to issue a notice of requirements (NOR) for the accreditation of third party conformity assessment bodies or laboratories. It will become effective on April 25, 2018, and will apply to all children’s toys and childcare articles that are manufactured or imported after this date.

Stakeholders are advised to now check their products are compliant with the latest version of the CPSIA.

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