CPSC Eliminates Third-Party Testing Requirements For Some Children's Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has removed seven plastics from the requirement to conduct independent third-party testing for compliance with the mandatory phthalates prohibitions on children’s toys and child care articles. The rule goes into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The Commission determined that children’s toys and child care articles containing polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), general-purpose polystyrene (GPPS), medium-impact polystyrene (MIPS), and super-high-impact polystyrene (SHIPS) with specified additives would comply with CPSC’s requirements with a high degree of assurance. Based on this determination, the seven plastics with specified additives do not require third-party testing for prohibited phthalates.

The manufacture, sale, distribution or importation into the United States of children’s toys and child care articles containing concentrations of more than 0.1 percent of six specified phthalates is still regulated under section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

As reported earlier this month in PPB Newslink, the CPSC has also issued a final rule prohibiting children’s toys and child care articles containing more than 0.1 percent of certain phthalate chemicals. The five chemicals in the ruling join three additional phthalates identified in the CPSIA to bring to eight the total number of phthalates under these usage restrictions.

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