CPSC to Consider Proposal to Toughen Ban on Phthalates in Children’s Products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a briefing Dec. 5 on a draft proposed rule that would strengthen restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys and child care articles, according to the Toy Industry Association.
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 percent of three specified phthalates (di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)) and imposes an interim prohibition on the sale of toys that can be placed in a child’s mouth or child care articles containing more than 0.1 percent of three additional phthalates (diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP)).
According to a TIA press release, the draft proposal “follows exactly” the recommendations in a July report by a CPSC-appointed Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel. Among other things, the CHAP said that the CPSC should retain the existing restrictions on DBP, BBP and DEHP; impose similar measures on diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP), di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP) and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP); make the interim ban on DINP permanent for all children’s toys and childcare articles; and establish an interim ban on diisooctyl phthalate (DIOP). The panel also urged the lifting of the interim bans on DNOP and DIDP and said no action should yet be taken against dimethyl phthalate (DMP), diethyl phthalate (DEP) or di(2-propylheptyl) phthalate (DPHP).