CPSC May Exempt Four Plastics From Third-Party Testing Requirements
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would exempt four plastics—polypropylene, polyethylene, high-impact polystyrene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene—from third-party testing for compliance with the mandatory phthalates prohibitions on children’s toys and childcare articles.
The proposed rule would determine that the specified four plastics and accompanying additives do not contain the statutorily prohibited phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DnOP) in concentrations above 0.1 percent, and thus, are not required to be third-party tested to assure compliance with section 108 of the CPSIA.
The proposed rule is available online here. Because the proposed rule would provide relief from existing testing requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the commission proposes a 30-day effective date for the final rule.