July 28, 2014
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the release of a report detailing the potential effects on children’s health of phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in toys and child care articles.
The CPSC-appointed Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) recommended:
1) lifting the interim bans on DnOP and DIDP and permanently banning DINP.
2) permanently banning four additional phthalates (DIBP, DPenP, DHexP and DCHP) from use in children’s toys and child care articles at levels greater than 0.1%.
3.) imposing an interim ban on DIOP from use in children’s toys and child care articles at levels greater than 0.1%.
The CHAP report concluded that food, beverages, and drugs via direct ingestion, and not children’s toys and their personal care products, constituted the highest phthalate exposures to all subpopulations, with the highest exposure being dependent upon the phthalate and the products that contain it. The report also found that DINP had the maximum potential for exposure for infants, toddlers, and older children, primarily from food but also from mouthing teethers and toys, and from dermal contact with child care articles and home furnishings.
The CPSC has 180 days from the release of the CHAP Report to evaluate the findings and promulgate a rule based on the report.