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Vermont Chemicals of High Concern Rule

Effective Dec 10, 2015, the state of Vermont has enacted the Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Rule.  This rule establishes a reporting protocol for manufacturers who use certain chemicals in children’s products.  Beginning July 1, 2016, manufacturers who use chemicals designated by the State of Vermont as Chemicals of High Concern to Children, must disclose information about these chemicals to the Department of Health. The current list of chemicals can be found here. Reporting must be done for any chemicals on the list that are intentionally added to a children’s product at a level above the designated PQL (practical qualification limit) produced by the manufacturer or are present in a children’s product produced by the manufacturer as a contaminant at concentrations of 100 parts per million or greater. The online reporting system for this rule is expected to be launching in spring 2016. 

CPSC Phthalate Draft Rule

As advised previously, the CHAP (Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel) was charged with making recommendations on whether the use of additional phthalates or phthalate alternatives in children’s toys and child care articles should be restricted.

The CHAP assessed the risks of 14 phthalates and 6 phthalate alternatives. The CHAP’s recommendations have now been drafted into a proposed rule for consideration by the CPSC that would prohibit children’s toys and childcare articles containing specified phthalates.

The main changes of the draft rule are as follows:

  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), and Di(2-ethyhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) will remain permanently banned
  • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) recommended for permanent ban in toys and childcare articles
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) recommended for ban
  •  Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP) recommended for ban
  • Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP) recommended for ban
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) recommended for ban
  • Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) recommended to LIFT ban
  • Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) recommended to LIFT ban

​Following approval of the draft, the final rule would become effective 180 days after publication in the federal register. Click here to view the full proposed rule.