U.S. Commission Bans Phthalates in Toys

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned the use in toys of five phthalates. The rule was issued on October 18, 2017 and takes effect on April 25, 2018.

The banned substances include:

  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
  • Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP or DPENP)
  • Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP or DHEXP)
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
  • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)

Various governmental agencies are responsible for product safety in the United States. Whenever congress approves a law, an agency, the CPSC in this case, issues the corresponding regulations. The CPSC also regulates the import of various consumer goods, including toys, tools, and household chemicals.

Please note that specific safety standards (German only) apply to toys. For a summary of the import regulations for the United States, see the information sheet on the import of commercial goods (German only) issued by Germany Trade and Invest – Gesellschaft für Außenwirtschaft und Standortmarketing mbH (GTAI). You can download the document after prior registration.

Do you want to be sure you’re on the safe side when doing business in the United States? Whether you work with dangerous good, cosmetics, or other product, we ‘re here to support you. Contact us at reach@kft.de.

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