Toy Industry Association (TIA) Statement on Phthalates

October 29, 2013

Specific restrictions on the presence of phthalates – ingredients that make some plastics soft and pliable – in toys and child care articles are defined in Section 108 of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), a federal law that was approved in 2008.

Under the CPSIA, permanent restrictions were established for three types of phthalates; three others have temporary restrictions while additional research into their safety is completed by a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) of experts appointed by the Federal government. The CHAP has been meeting since 2010 and had been expected to issue its final report sometime in 2012; a revised timeline has not yet been released.The Toy Industry Association and its members support any scientific investigation that can help improve or reinforce the safety of its products. 

Safety is the toy industry’s number one priority.  We will continue to uphold the highest standards for toy safety, comply with the regulations put forth under the CPSIA by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and pursue initiatives that will further strengthen the rigorous testing and inspection procedures that help assure the manufacture of safe toys.

This statement was originally published in September 2012 and reaffirmed by the Toy Industry Association in October 2013.