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By Crystal Johnson

Phthalates Added to RoHS Annex II

The European Commission (EC) plans to add four phthalates to the list of restricted substances under Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS). The four phthalates include DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DIBP, and the limit for each is set to be 0.1%. The directive is set to be effective on July 22, 2019 for electrical and electronic components. For medical devices, monitoring, and control instruments the effective date is July 22, 2021.

BPA Added to California Proposition 65

In April 2013 Bisphenol A (BPA) was delisted from California Proposition 65. However, on May 11, 2015 the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) decided to add BPA to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Manufactures have until May 11, 2016 to comply.

Minnesota Bans Flame Retardant Chemicals

Minnesota is following suit to several other US states that already have regulations in place regarding the use of flame retardant chemicals in children’s products and upholstered furniture. On May 16, 2015 the state enacted a bill (SF 1215) that will ban the use of tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP), decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD/HBCDD). By July 1, 2018 manufacturers are required to discontinue selling products that contain these chemicals. The bill also indicates that manufacturers are prohibited from replacing with a substitute that “have been designated as a chemical of high concern”.

Regulated Phthalate Chart

The following chart displays phthalates regulated in the US by the CPSC, listed on CA Proposition 65, and those contained on the EU REACH list.

Phthalate CAS # CPSC CPSC Proposed CA Prop 65 REACH
DEHP 117-81-7 x   x x
BBP 85-68-7 x   x x
DBP 84-74-2 x   x x
DIDP 26761-40-0 & 68515-49-1 x   x  
DINP 28553-12-0 & 68515-48-0 x   x  
DnOP 117-84-0 x      
DnHP 84-75-3     x x
DPENP 131-18-0   x    
DHEXP 84-75-3   x    
DCHP 84-61-7   x    
DIBP 84-69-5   x   x
DPP 84777-06-0       x
DIPP 605-50-5       x
DMEP 117-82-8;       x
DHNUP 68515-42-4       x
DHHOP/DIHP 71888-89-6       x
DNPP 131-18-0       x
NPIPP 776297-69-9       x

ATS frequently tests for other phthalates to meet various retailer requirements. Some other commonly tested phthalates are listed below. The list is not limited to the full scope of ATS phthalate capability. ATS has developed standards to analyze for several other phthalates.

Phthalate Cas #
DMP 131-11-3
DEP 84-66-2
DPrP 131-16-8
DnPP 131-18-0
DIHpP 41451-28-9
DIOP 27554-26-3
DENUP 84-76-4

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