Phthalates Testing

Phthalates Testing
Applied Technical Services is a CPSC accredited phthalates testing laboratory, fully equipped to perform phthalate analysis to help you ensure product compliance with the following:
  • Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA)
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • California Proposition 65 List
Phthalates Testing

Phthalate testing is performed in accordance with the approved CPSC test method: CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3, Standard Operating Procedure for Determination of Phthalates, using Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS). ATS’ consumer product testing lab is ISO 17025 (A2LA) accredited to measure phthalate content according to this standard of testing.

Section 108 of the CPSIA specifies that as of February 10, 2009, “it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribute in commerce, or import into the United States any children’s toy or child care article that contains concentrations of more than 0.1 percent of DEHP, DBP, or BBP” and “it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribute in commerce, or import into the United States any children’s toy that can be placed in a child’s mouth or child care article that contains concentrations of more than 0.1 percent of phthalate compounds DINP, DIDP, DnOP.”

In addition to the federal regulation for phthalates, the state of California also limits the daily exposure to specific phthalates on the California Proposition 65 List. The phthalates found on the California Proposition 65 List are as follows: DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIDP, and DNHP. Products containing phthalates above the allowable limit are required to place a warning label on the product to alert consumers. The state of California has specified two daily allowable limits for DEHP based upon the potential risk it poses as either a carcinogen or reproductive toxicant. The product is considered carcinogenic if more than 310 micrograms/day is ingested and it is considered a reproductive toxicant if more than 410 micrograms/day is ingested. The full list of chemicals is here.

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