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Advisory Panel on Phthalates to Hold Teleconference Dec. 19

Friday, December 02, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel on phthalates and phthalate substitutes will hold a teleconference Dec. 19 to discuss its progress toward a final report on the potential risks from these substances.

Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act permanently prohibits the sale of any children’s toy or child care article containing more than 0.1% of each of three specified phthalates: Di- (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP). Section 108 also prohibits, on an interim basis, the sale of any children’s toy that can be placed in a child’s mouth or child care article containing more than 0.1% of each of three additional phthalates: diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP).

In addition, section 108 requires the CPSC to convene a CHAP to study the effects on children’s health of all phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in children’s toys and child care articles. The CHAP must make recommendations to the Commission regarding any phthalates (or combinations of phthalates) or phthalate alternatives that the panel determines should be prohibited from use in children’s toys or child care articles or otherwise restricted. The CPSIA contemplates completion of the CHAP’s examination within 18 months of the panel’s appointment on April 14, 2010.

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