Phthalates: A Recurring Problem

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phthalates.jpgThe persistence of phthalates in consumer goods continues to be problematic which is highlighted by their dominating presence in weekly RAPEX reports. Products containing excessive levels of phthalates are constantly being withdrawn from the market, recalled from end users and rejected at the border, impacting manufacturers and retailers in terms of cost and reputation.

In this weeks RAPEX report alone there were 4 separate entries for phthalate violations, all of which were for children’s products and/or toys.

Phthalates, which are restricted under several legislations including REACH, California Proposition 65 and CPSIA, are high production volume chemicals used primarily as plasticizers in polyvinylchloride (PVC) products. There are several different kinds of phthalates, but all of them are used to make hard plastic more soft and flexible. A number of phthalates are known or suspected endocrine disruptors, including the most common phthalate: di-exylhethyl phthalate (DEHP).

Under REACH regulations, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

Chemical testing for phthalates is the only way to confirm compliance; here at BLC we offer phthalates testing as part of a standard testing protocol. We have seen firsthand the levels of phthalates that can be found in consumer goods, and understand the implications that this can have. Whilst many testing laboratories are only able to supply simple pass/fail test reports; BLC is able to offer additional support and advice immediately upon report of a sample failure. 

For further information on phthalate testing, supply chain support or guidance on EU and international legislations regarding phthalates please contact or call +44 (0) 1604 679999.

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