Applied Technical Services offers pacifier and teether testing to detect toxic substances and verify structural integrity in accordance with standards 16 CFR 1511 and 1500.18(a)(8). Testing pacifiers and teethers for chemical and structural safety is especially important due to the increased vulnerability of infants. According to the CPSC, pacifiers and teethers require testing at a CPSC-accepted laboratory such as ATS (using toy safety standard ASTM F963 4.20 & 4.22).
What is BPA?
Including Bisphenol A (BPA) in pacifiers poses a danger to infants and toddlers. BPA is a chemical compound used to manufacture plastics that can be found in all kinds of consumer products that people use every day. Consumer safety agencies like the CPSC heavily regulate the use of this compound in food and drink containers due to health concerns. Even in small amounts, BPA can act as an endocrine disruptor in the human body and potentially cause lifelong adverse health effects.
What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are also closely monitored substances found in everyday products. Manufacturers use these compounds to improve the flexibility and durability of plastic materials. Like BPA, phthalates can be found in pacifiers and pose health risks if they leach into an infant’s body through the mouth. In the US, children’s toys and care articles cannot be manufactured or sold containing more than 0.1 percent of DEHP, DBP, or BBP phthalates.