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Phthalates Testing

Phthalates Testing

Phthalates are a large family of chemical compounds used as plasticizers (softening agents) in a wide variety of products.  Their primary use is to make products soft and pliable without sacrificing durability.  Common uses of phthalates include personal care products, cosmetics, detergents and surfactants, building materials, automobile components, and other plastic objects including toys and baby products.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) came into force in September 2008 in the USA, and places restrictions on the use of certain substances in all products intended for children under 12 years of age. The act focuses on the use of lead in surface coatings and in substrate materials, and also on the use of phthalates as plasticizers in products for toys and childcare products.  In addition, a number of phthalates are regulated at European levels and are subject to Proposition 65 ongoing settlements.

Phthalates are used as softeners for plastics and six phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DnOP) are commonly restricted in concentrations of more than 0.1% by weight of sample tested.

Although research and debate concerning the toxicity of phthalates in humans is still underway, there is growing concern that phthalates may cause adverse health effects in young children because these class of chemicals may interfere with the child’s normal developmental processes.

Manufacturers and importers of products are expected to undertake reasonable phthalate testing programmes and due diligence in order to comply with the limits set for phthalates.

BLC offer phthalates testing and can routinely screen for 15 phthalates as part of a standard testing protocol. Click here to see the table to access details of the phthalates in question and in which lists they feature, i.e. one or more of the following Annex XVII REACH, REACH SVHC and Proposition 65.

Why choose BLC for your phthalates testing?

• Speed of delivery - testing results within 3-5 working days
• Specialists in restricted chemical testing and supply chain solutions
• Technical back up and support from experts if needed
• A focus on customer service and support
• An assured pedigree through 90 years of experience

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.  In addition our experience of different material testing means that we ensure the appropriate test methods are used at all times.

BLC is aware of the compounds that should be avoided, along with the appropriate limits and test methods.  BLC is one of the fastest testing laboratories in Europe and can provide phthalates testing results within 3-5 days working days.


Please click here to download a copy of our sample submission form

For further information on phthalate testing, please contact or +44 (0) 1604 679999.


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