Canada Introduces Proposed Regulations Banning TCEP in Polyurethane Foam Used in Children’s Products

November 9, 2012 | Health Canada announced today a proposed regulatory amendment that would prohibit products intended for children under three years of age that are made, in whole or in part, from polyurethane foam (PUF) containing TCEP (tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (at times incorrectly referred to as “chlorinated Tris”). 

"Our Government is committed to protecting the health of hardworking Canadian families," said Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.  "That is why we are taking action to prevent harmful chemicals in children's toys from being imported into Canada."

TCEP is a flame retardant additive for PUR foam and other materials. As with other flame retardants, is typically not intentionally added to toys. This proposed regulation would prevent its future use in children’s products, and prohibit international manufacturers from importing children's products containing TCEP into Canada. Stakeholders have found that manufacturers have already moved away from the use of TCEP in PUF and replaced it with alternatives. More information on the Chemicals Management Plan is available at www.chemicalsubstances.gc.ca.

“The Toy Industry Association (TIA) applauds Health Canada’s proactive measures to keep children safe,” said Alan Kaufman, TIA SVP of technical affairs. “TIA shares in this commitment to child safety and looks forward to continuing to work with Health Canada and the Canadian Toy Association in our efforts to protect children’s health while aligning U.S. toy standards and those of our trading partners around the world.”

TIA members will be kept apprised of any developments.