EPA Issues Delay in Ban on Flame-Retardant Plasticizer PIP (3:1)

epa-logoMarch 9, 2021 | The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an eleventh-hour reprieve March 8 to the impending ban on the processing, importation, and distribution of products containing the flame-retardant plasticizer, phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)).

This outcome is a direct result of concerted advocacy by The Toy Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and others. The EPA issued a 180-day No Action Assurance and immediately opened a new 60-day public comment period for reevaluation of the rule.

“Due to the short compliance window, and because PIP (3:1) is not regulated elsewhere in the world, the ban would present a significant challenge to manufacturers to identify its potential presence in supply chains,” said Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at The Toy Association. “Although significant use in toys is not expected, both the 180-day extension and the possibility of positive changes in the rule are most welcome.”

As previously reported, the ban of the flame-retardant plasticizer was scheduled to take effect after March 8, 2021.

Questions may be directed to The Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman