CPSIA (HR 4040) – Implementation Update

February 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm 10 comments

Steve Kahane, President of International Coatings

International Coatings’ President, Steve Kahane has some important updates regarding the new Phthalate and Lead regulations:

“Here’s a bit of good news!  Due to the continuing controversy surrounding the implementation of the testing and certification requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that it is extending the stay of enforcement for lead and phthalate testing and certification.  The stay was originally due to expire on February 10, 2010. 

By way of quick background, the CPSIA of 2008 was a response by the federal government to toys being sold that contained substances deemed harmful or potentially harmful to babies and small children.  The CPSIA focuses on two of those substances – lead and phthalates.   (For more info, you can go to our Phthalates page).

Lead in screen print inks is really not a major issue in the U.S.  International Coatings and other major, reputable ink manufacturers in the U.S. stopped using leaded pigments for its general product range many years ago, and their inks comply with the most stringent lead levels in the CPSIA.  So, the issue with lead centers around the additional burden and costs associated with testing and certification. 

In addition to lead, the CPSIA restricts the use of six phthalates in toys and child care articles.  International Coatings, last year began converting its entire ink line, with the exception of a select few products, to phthalate compliant formulations.  In addition, International Coatings has significantly bolstered its non-phthalate and non-PVC ink product offerings.  As with lead, the big issue surrounding phthalates at the moment is testing and certification.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recognized the heavy burden its testing and certification requirements placed on printers and apparel manufacturers.  Early last year, the Commission issued a stay of enforcement for these requirements.  It is this stay that was due to expire and is now being extended.  The CPSC has extended the stay for lead testing and certification for one more year – until February 10, 2011.  Compliance with the law is still required, but testing and certification is not during the stay.

The situation with phthalates is slightly more complicated.  The CPSC is extending the stay for phthalates until 90 days after the CPSC publishes the lab accreditation requirements for phthalate testing in the Federal Register.  It’s anyone’s guess when that might be – the CPSC has not indicated when to expect the announcement.   The uncertainty is likely due, in part, to the problems many labs are having with the phthalate analyses.  It appears that the labs cannot accurately and reliably differentiate between the restricted and compliant phthalate compounds.  There are many false ‘positives’ being reported resulting in a lot of confusion.

For more information on the CPSIA and its requirements, visit the CPSC web site at www.cpsc.gov.”


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WHY SO MANY WHITES? Printing Reflective Inks

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  • […] Why so many inks?  Well, the push to ‘greener’ or more ecologically friendly products has driven the increase in the number and range of ink products.   Phthalates, the primary plasticizer used in plastisols, have been receiving a lot of attention both here and abroad.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and several states have restricted the use of certain phthalates in baby toys and child care articles.  In addition, many of the major retailers and branded product lines are restricting the use of those and several other phthalates in their baby, child and youth products.  (For more info on this topic, you can check out our previous blogs on Phthalates and CPSIA Updates). […]

  • 2. girish chhatwal  |  July 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm


    • 3. International Coatings  |  July 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

      A 9% lab test finding for phthalates is high for a non-phthalate product. Assuming it is the ink only that was tested, (rather than the printed garment consisting of the fabric and the print), we suggest you confirm with the ink manufacturer(s) that the inks you are using are in fact non-phthalate (as opposed to a ‘phthalate compliant’ or standard plastisol product). If you are using International Coatings products, please send us the product number/name and the lot numbers (on the containers) so that we can verify for you that the products you are using are indeed non-phthalate.

      You should also review your printing processes to be sure that non-phthalate products are not being mixed with or coming into contact with products containing phthalates, or equipment exposed to phthalates. For example, mixing a standard color concentrate or special effects additive into a non-phthalate product could lead to the level of contamination you are seeing. Non-phthalate products should be completely segregated from standard plastisols or phthalate compliant inks to avoid cross contamination. In addition, if you did send a printed fabric for testing, please be aware that phthalate-containing chemicals may also have been used on the finishing of the garments and that the tests may have detected phthalates in the fabric rather than the ink.

      If you are satisfied that the products you are using are in fact non-phthalate and that there was no cross contamination with other products, we suggest you have the samples retested at a recognized and approved lab.

  • 4. DANISH ALAM  |  January 30, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Dear Sir,
    I am having problem in Plastisole Inks for 16 Phthalate Test.
    My customer is identifying Di-2-propylheptylphthalate(DPHPe).
    Is there any Plastisole Inks which is free from it.

    Thanks & Rgds

    • 5. International Coatings  |  January 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      In order to give you a more informed response, could you please tell us which product you are using? Also, is this for production in the U.S.? We are wondering why they are testing for 16 phthalates instead of just the 6 banned phthalates (as mandated in the U.S.)?

      Thank you.

      • 6. DANISH ALAM  |  January 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        Dear Sir,
        Thanks for your reply about my Query.
        I am from Pakistan working for a European Brand.
        Presently in Pakistan we are using Inks from Sericol, Rutland & QCM. They also say us that there Inks Pass 6 PHTHALATES Test.
        Recently my European Buyer checked Test from BureauVeritas Germany. They are detecting this Phthalate.
        Di-2-propylheptylphthalate(DPHPe). They are showing its Content 7,700 mg/Kg.
        They are allowing a maximum limit of 50mg/kg

        I am worried as nobody is giving me proper information about it.
        I hope you will help me out.
        Thanks & Rgds.

      • 7. International Coatings  |  January 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

        To the best of our knowledge DPHP is not on the list of prohibited phthalates. There are six prohibited phthalates for the US and the EU has seven. DPHP is not on either of those lists. The prohibited phthalates are: Di-iso-nonylphthalate (DINP), Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), Dibutylphthalate (DBP), Di-iso-decylphthalate (DIDP), Di-n-octylphthalate (DNOP), Butylbenzylphthalate (BBP), and Di-iso-butylphthalate (DIBP).

        We also use Bureau Veritas of Germany to perform our phthalate test for the CPSC prohibited phthalates, and have not had any problems with DPHP. In our opinion, there shouldn’t be a problem with using a phthalate compliant product. I would ask you customer about this.

        Mark Brouillard
        Product Manager
        International Coatings

      • 8. DANISH ALAM  |  February 3, 2012 at 1:18 am

        Dear Sir,
        Thanks a lot for providing me Valuable Information.
        My buyer still saying that he needs to Check 16 Phthalates.
        I have checked law of CPSC which is showing only showing 6 Phthalates restriction.
        I will be much thankfull if you send me any detail about EU laws like CPSC, so that I can give my buyer refrence for it.

        I am also interested in your Chemical Products.
        Do you have any distributor in Pakistan or any country of Asia.
        I will try to use your product in Pakistan.

        Thanks & Rgds.

      • 9. International Coatings  |  February 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Dear sir,

        Below are two different links to the EU showing which phthalates are prohibited.



        Hope this helps,

        Mark Brouillard

      • 10. DANISH ALAM  |  February 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        Dear Sir,

        Thank you very much for your email.
        I hope this will satisfy my customer.

        Thanks & Rgds,

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