CPSC to Hold Briefing on Proposed Phthalate Rule Change on December 5

CPSCThe U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will hold a briefing on a proposed rule change that would prohibit the use of certain phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the briefing, which will be held on December 5, comes after the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) released a final report this past July, which detailed the potential health effects of phthalates and phthalate alternatives. Following the report, the CPSC had 180 days to propose a regulation change.

The CPSC proposal would expand the interim ban of DINP to a permanent ban in quantities greater than 0.1 percent in all children’s toys and childcare articles. It also calls for a continuation of the current permanent ban of DEHP, DBP, and BBP above 0.1 percent in all accessible toy and child care article components. The proposal would also lift existing interim prohibitions on DIDP and DnO.

A decision will be made whether to adopt the CHAP’s recommendations during a CPSC meeting scheduled for December 17. Any questions may be directed to Alan Kaufman, TIA senior vice president of technical affairs, at (646) 520-4868.

TIE Assists Companies in Complying with EU Toy Safety Directive

As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) has published a free resource to help toy manufacturers, importers, and distributors comply with the legal requirements in the European Union’s Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

The 35-page online guide, entitled Toy Safety in the EU, was published by TIE in cooperation with the European Commission as part of an education campaign financed by the EC. Available in English and French, the resource includes guidelines regarding technical documentation, safety and conformity assessments, EC declarations of conformity, European Conformity (CE) markings, packaging requirements, sample testing, and more. The document also includes tips, FAQs, definitions, and links to EC resources.

Questions from TIA member companies that export toys to Europe may be directed to Alan Kaufman, TIA senior vice president of technical affairs, at akaufman@toyassociation.org.

New Product Labeling Required for Toys Containing DINP for Sale in California

Under California’s Proposition 65, manufacturers of consumer products for sale in California will be required to include a warning label on items containing diisononyl phthalate (DINP). As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the law does not include a “safe harbor” level for DINP, and as such, companies with products containing any amount of the substance are required to comply. The requirement goes into effect on December 20.

Last year, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added DINP to Proposition 65, which requires the labeling of products containing any one of the approximately 800 chemicals of concern identified by the state.

Under the federally mandated Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), DINP is restricted to maximum levels of 0.1 percent in mouthable toys and components and remains legal for use in non-mouthable toys and inaccessible components. TIA members and industry stakeholders that sell toys in California are advised to include the required warning label on all packaging of products that may contain any levels of DINP.

Any questions may be directed to TIA’s Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, at akaufman@toyassociation.org.

U.S. CPSC Now Accepting Comments on Third-Party Testing Costs

Last Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) hosted a day-long public workshop to gather technical information and evidence that could help to reduce third party testing costs for manufacturers of toys and children’s products sold in the U.S.

Held at the CPSC’s National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, Md., the workshop featured presentations of technical data by representatives of industry, consumer groups, and academic institutions. Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs for the Toy Industry Association (TIA), and Rebecca Mond, TIA director of federal government affairs, were both on-hand on behalf of the toy industry.

The technical data will assist the CPSC in determining which material types do not contain any of the six banned phthalates, lead, and/or heavy metals listed in the ASTM F963 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, and therefore do not need to be routinely tested. [Read more...]

TIA Webinar on Chemical Management Strategy for Toys

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) invites toy industry stakeholders to participate in a webinar on January 17 titled Chemical Management Strategy for Toys. The webinar will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; it is open to all industry stakeholders and recommended for those who work on toy design, production, manufacturing, and quality. [Read more...]

Scrap Plastic Toys Needed for Plastics-To-Energy Pilot Project

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Environmental Sustainability Committee has approved TIA’s participation in a plastics-to-energy pilot project with Agilyx, an alternative energy company that uses patented technology to convert difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into synthetic crude oil.

TIA is looking for 2,500 pounds of plastic toys of mixed types (including defective or scrap products or components). These plastics must be submitted by mid-January. [Read more...]