In late October 2017 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to expand existing phthalate restrictions in children's toys and child care articles. Restrictions on the following five phthalates will be enacted or expanded in scope:
Existing restrictions on three additional phthalates - di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) - in children's toys and child care articles will remain in place.
- Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
- Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP or DnPP)
- Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP or DnHP)
- Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
While this rulemaking only applies to toys and child care products, it marks an additional effort to add to the list of banned or restricted products under the CPSIA. These efforts will also expand the legal efforts under Proposition 65 in California.
The listings take effect in 180 days. APRIL 1!
I strongly suggest adding these new phthalates to your list of banned chemicals from your suppliers. This is particularly true if your products are used in the home where they can come ijn contact with children.
I'll be glad to discuss this with you at your convenience.