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Canada Bans TCEP in Children’s Polyurethane Foam Products

April 29, 2014

Schedule 2 to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) is amended by adding products that are made, in whole or in part, of polyurethane foam (PUF) that contains tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) and that are intended for children under three years of age.

Products listed in Schedule 2 are prohibited from manufacture, import, advertising or sale under section 5 of the CCPSA and includes products such as toys, and those used in caring for a child, such as sleep positioners and nursing pillows.

This Canadian legislation is the latest to restrict the use of TCEP, joining various U.S. states including Vermont and New York, as well as certain European countries.

Why It Matters
TCEP is a phosphate ester used as a flame-retardant plasticizer in polymers and is classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) and may be contained in toys as well as other consumer articles.

Children’s polyurethane foam (PUF) products that contain TCEP have the potential to cause harmful effects in children less than three years of age. Migration of TCEP from PUF products as a result of young children’s mouthing behavior may contribute to oral exposure to this substance.

How UL Can Help
UL Consumer Products accredited laboratories can assist with chemical testing and certification requirements under the CCSPA.

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