Is your children’s toys and Childcare products are “Phthalates” free?

What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are a family of chemicals that include di-isononylphthalate (DINP), di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), dibutylphthalate (DBP), di-iso-decylphthalate (DIDP), di-n-octylphthalate (DNOP) and butylbenzylphthalate (BBP) and others.

Why is it restricted?
Some Phthalates are believed to be an endocrine disruptor and carcinogenic.

How does it get into the product?
Phthalates are mainly used as a plasticiser used in the manufacture of PVC, a plasticiser makes PVC flexible and allows it to be used in more applications eg. manufacture of toys, and as a plasticiser in plastisol prints on textiles and in many packaging operations.

What are the Legal requirements?
EU Regulation 1907/2006 (REACH) Annex XVII restricts the use of certain Phthalates in toys and Childcare articles. Each phthalate is restricted to less than 0.05% (500 mg/kg) individually and cumulatively the total of all restricted phthalates must be less than 0.1% (1000 mg/kg).

Test methods
BS EN 14372 (2004)
Various IHTM, extraction and detection with GC-MS

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