Phthalate Testing

Phthalates are found in a wide variety of products, including polyvinyl chloride (which in turn in used in a wide range of products), coatings, and perfumes.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recently held a symposium on phthalate testing for children’s products.  Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, the manufacturer or private labeler must furnish a certificate of compliance based on third party testing that the children’s product complies with the phthalate standard of no more than 1,000 ppm of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate, (DBP), and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP).  The CPSC planned to review available and emerging technologies for detecting phthalates and to encourage improved testing methods.