What's in a Toy? CPSC Calls For Input on Phthalates
The commission is calling on manufacturers to comment on its initial report and help it determine what other items may fall under this act—items that don't fit the traditional toy category, but should still be covered by its provisions.
“The guidance is intended to help manufacturers, importers, retailers and consumers determine what products are covered by the phthalate limits.”
Though some parts of the guidelines are still in limbo, the good news is the commission intends to enforce its guidelines in some of the most high-risk areas to children.
“Until the draft guidance is finalized, CPSC intends, given its limited resources, to focus its enforcement efforts on the products most likely to pose a risk of phthalate exposure to children. Specifically, CPSC will focus its enforcement efforts on bath toys and other small, plastic toys (especially those made of polyvinyl chloride) that are intended for young children and can be put in the mouth.
In addition, CPSC staff will sample teethers, rattles and pacifiers to confirm that manufacturers continue their practice of not using prohibited phthalates.”