The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was scheduled last week to vote on a proposed rule exempting four plastics from phthalates testing. This vote was a direct result of continued pressure by industry and Congress to reduce some of the burdens associated with third-party testing costs.
The proposed rule, suggested by Agency staff, determines that polypropylene, polyethylene, high-impact polystyrene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) do not contain specified phthalates prohibited in children’s toys and child care articles. Based on this determination, companies would no longer be required to have these specific plastics tested for the banned phthalates at third-party laboratories. Companies must, however, continue to comply with the 0.1 percent limit for each of the six currently restricted phthalates.
JPMA and our coalition partners have been extremely active on this topic over the years and believe that if enacted, this will have a positive impact on reducing testing burdens associated with the current rule. JPMA staff will continue to provide feedback and direction to the agency regarding this proposal and encourage members to participate as well. Following the vote, the draft rule will be published in the Federal Register with a 75-day public comment period. If you have any questions, please contact JPMA's Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Mark Fellin, at firstname.lastname@example.org