CPSC Proposes Rule to Exempt Four Plastics from Phthalate Testing

24/08/16

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a rule to exempt four plastics with specified additives from mandatory third party testing used to demonstrate compliance with the children’s toys and childcare articles phthalates restrictions.

The four polymers exempt from testing are polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires children’s toys and child care articles comply with the CPSC phthalate regulation and children’s products require certification based on testing conducted by a CPSC-accepted third party conformity assessment body, stating the product complies with the CPSC regulation.

The proposed rule would create a new Part 1308 for “Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Determinations Regarding Certain Plastics.” The four types of plastics that this proposed rule exempts from third party testing would still need to meet the current requirement (scope, limit, and phthalates) under section 108 of CPSIA. CPSC is issuing this proposed rule to help reduce the cost of third party testing.

Comments on the proposal must be submitted to the CPSC by October 31, 2016.

Link to NPR: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-17/pdf/2016-19464.pdf

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