CPSC Expansion of Regulated Phthalates

The CPSC has proposed a new safety standard for phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. Since 2012, the CPSC has required toys and childcare articles to be third-party tested for DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DnOP. The Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) continually researches phthalates and recommended an expansion of the current listing, which the CPSC has approved. The new proposed phthalate rule would expand this list to include a permanent ban on the following: DIBP, DPENP, DHEXP, DCHP, and DINP (which was previously banned on an interim basis). The allowable limit for these phthalates is 0.1 percent. The CPSC is currently in comment period for the new standard, which closes on March 16, 2015. www.regulations.gov

SB 1019 is Effective

Senate Bill (SB) 1019 came into effect on January 1, 2015. SB 1019 requires foam & upholstered items to be labeled for the presence/absence of flame retardant chemicals. The requirement applies to any furniture sold in California and that is also required to meet Technical Bulletin 117-2013, Test Procedures and Apparatus for Testing the Smolder Resistance of Materials Used in Upholstered Furniture. For clients that are unsure as to whether or not flame retardant chemicals have been added, ATS has developed testing capabilities to analyze for many of the flame retardants chemicals. leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1019

About ATS

Applied Technical Services (ATS) is a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accredited lab testing consumer products, which includes toys, childcare articles, children’s products, and non-children’s products for compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Since 1967 we have partnered with our clients to help meet consumer expectations, as well as all safety, regulatory, quality, and performance standards. As a compliance testing partner, we support our clients in establishing a reasonable testing and certification program. Our staff is highly knowledgeable with current compliance regulations, and can provide you with rapid response and quick testing turnaround times. Our ISO 9001 certification and ISO 17025 (A2LA) accredited quality assurance programs meets the most stringent industry requirements.