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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a final rule that will exempt certain unfinished fibers in toys and childcare articles from third party testing.

Published on June 1, 2020, the final rule creates a completely new 16 CFR Part 1253 ‘Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles: Determinations Regarding the ASTM F963 elements and Phthalates for Unfinished manufactured Fibers’. This follows a determination that several unfinished manufactured fibers do not exceed regulatory limits per ASTM F963 soluble elements or phthalates in toys and childcare articles.

‘Unfinished manufactured fiber’ is defined as:

“A fiber that has no chemical additives beyond those required to manufacture the fiber.”

This means it is free from chemical additives that would impact color, provide flame retardancy, etc.

For manufacturers, this means these fibers will no longer require third party testing for compliance with:

1. Eight soluble elements in ASTM F963 (16 CFR 1250)

2. Eight phthalates in toys and childcare articles per 16 CFR 1307:

o Benzyl butyl phthalate - BBP

o Dibutyl phthalate - DBP

o Dicyclohexyl phthalate - DCHP

o Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate - DEHP

o Di-n-hexyl phthalate - DHEXP (DnHP)

o Diisobutyl phthalate - DIBP

o Diisononyl phthalate - DINP

o Di-n-pentyl phthalate - DPENP

Unfinished manufactured fibers include:

- ASTM F963 soluble elements:

o Acrylic and modacrylic

o Natural rubber latex

o Nylon

o Polyurethane (spandex)

o Viscose rayon

- Phthalates (per 16 CFR 1307)

o Acrylic and modacrylic

o Natural rubber latex

o Nylon

o Polyurethane (spandex)

o Viscose rayon

o Polyester (polyethylene terephthalate, PET)

CPSC published the final rule in the Federal Register on June 1, 2020, and it will come into effect on July 1, 2020.

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