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CPSC FAQ on Phthalates Requirements

Phthalate Limits

CPSIA §108

 

Permanently prohibits the sale of any “children's toy or child care article” containing more than 0.1 percent of:

Prohibits, on an interim basis, “toys that can be placed in a child's mouth'' or “child care articles” containing more than 0.1 percent of:

  • (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP);
  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP); or
  • benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)).
  • diisononyl phthalate (DINP);
  • diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP); or
  • di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)).

CPSC’s policy is that phthalate testing should be limited to those plastic parts or other product parts that could conceivably contain phthalates, i.e., plasticized component parts.

  • Phthalates are primarily used as plasticizers (softeners) in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, and may be used as plasticizers in other plastics including polyvinyl acetate (PVA), polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), and polyurethane (PU).  Phthalates also are used as solvents and/or plasticizers in paints, inks, adhesives, sealants, air fresheners, and scented products—particularly when the finished product must be flexible, such as a printed design on apparel or other flexible substrates.

Third party testing and certification for phthalates is required for the children's toys and child care articles.

  • Third party testing is required for all plasticized component parts in a children's toy or child care article and is not required for certain materials known not to contain phthalates.
  • Third party testing is also not required for inaccessible component parts of a children's toy or child care article.

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