Canada has proposed legislative amendments that would restrict the sale, importation and advertising in Canada on six types of phthalates that are commonly used in children's toys and child care products. The following are the proposed limitations:

  • the concentration of each Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP), Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (BBP) to no more than 1000 mg/kg in the vinyl of all children's toys and child care articles
  • the concentration of Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP), Diisodecyl Phthalate (DIDP) and Di-n-octyl Phthalate (DNOP) to no more than 1000 mg/kg in the vinyl of all children's toys and child care articles where the vinyl can, in a reasonably foreseeable manner, be placed in the mouth of a child under four years of age

If the legislation amendments are passed, a transition period of six months is proposed for implementation and compliance. However, it is proposed that for child care articles that are intended to facility feeding, sucking or teething of a child under the age of four years old, the proposed limitations will be effective immediately upon approval.

The Canadian government considers the proposed legislative amendments to be consistent with the recent regulatory action on phthalates taken in the United States and in the European Union. The government has cited adverse health effects, primarily reproductive in nature, as a justification for proposed regulatory action. Furthermore, the proposed harmonization is cited as a measure to ensure that Canada does not become the 'dumping ground' for phthalate containing products that are banned in other jurisdictions.

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Comments may be submitted to Consumer Safety Bureau of Health Canada by August 24, 2009.