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Phthalate Standards Reference Guide (2016)

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed banning the use of several phthalates in materials for children’s toys. In 2008, a congressional edict banned dibutyl, n-butyl benzyl and di-2-ethylhexyl (DEHP) phthalates as potential health risks.

Diisononyl (DINP), di-n-octyl (DNOP) and diisodecyl (DIDP) phthalates also were banned on an interim basis. CPSC’s advisory panel now recommends a permanent ban on DINP, but says the ban on DNOP and DIDP should be lifted. In addition, the panel is considering a ban on diisobutyl, di-n-pentyl, di-n-hexyl and dicyclohexyl phthalates.