In August 2018, 265 notices of violations (NOVs) were issued for high levels of phthalates in consumer products made from plastics and vinyls, which includes products such as bags, sports equipment, brushes and seat covers – conduct phthalates testing today to see if your products are compliant.
Forms of phthalates targeted and listed in the NOVs:
- DEHP – Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (CAS 117-81-7)
- DINP – Diisononyl phthalate (CAS 28553-12-0/68515-48-0)
- DBP – Dibutyl phthalate (CAS 84-74-2)
- DIDP – Diisodecyl phthalate (CAS 26761-40-0/68515-49-1)
What potential risks do phthalates pose to consumers?
Some phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, which are toxins that interfere with the normal activities of the endocrine system that regulate hormone levels in the body.
Plastic and synthetic products are at a higher risk of containing phthalates as this group of chemicals are mainly used as plasticizers to enhance material properties such as flexibility, transparency and durability. The addition of phthalates can also increase the longevity of some plastics.
Phthalates can also be migratory in nature, meaning that these chemicals can potentially move from one element of a product to another e.g. moving from a consumer product to its packaging under the right conditions, and vice versa, this can be accelerated under high temperatures.
How can companies prevent violations in phthalates through testing?
At Eurofins | BLC, we can advise manufacturers and retailers which consumer products to conduct phthalates testing on before sending a product to market, as phthalates are restricted under many chemical regulations, including:
- California Proposition 65
- Annex XVII and SVHC List of REACH
- Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
- China GB Standards
Phthalates Testing Services
Phthalates testing can identify the concentration of phthalates in your product. Eurofins | BLC can conduct both phthalates testing and product risk assessments to the above regulations. Some regulations restrict the amount of phthalates by the weight of the consumer products, however others restrict by concentration and variations in end use.
Contact Eurofins | BLC today for more information on phthalates testing and chemical compliance of consumer products by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning +44 (0) 1604 679 999.