The Toy Association Statement on Phthalates
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 passed in 2008.
Under the CPSIA, permanent restrictions were established for three types of phthalates and temporary restrictions were placed on three others. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed the recommendations made by a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) of experts appointed by the federal government, and has issued a rule that restricts additional phthalates; makes the interim ban on one phthalate permanent; and lifts the interim ban on two others. While The Toy Association and its members do not believe the rule is fully supported by scientific evidence, the rule has had very little impact on the toy industry because the restricted materials are not used in toys. As always, we support any scientific investigation that can help improve or reinforce the safety of toys.
Safety is the toy industry’s number one priority. We will continue to uphold and comply with protective standards for toy safety and pursue initiatives that will further strengthen the rigorous testing and inspection procedures that help ensure the manufacture of safe toys.
This statement was reaffirmed by The Toy Association in September 2020.