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Argentina Ban on Phthalates in Toys and Childcare Articles to Enter into Force March 2009 January 15, 2009

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children toysOn 11 June 2008, the Argentinean government issued a resolution to prohibit the sale, manufacture, importation or exportation of toys and childcare products made with plasticised materials containing di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) in concentrations exceeding 0.1 percent. In addition, the sale, manufacture, importation or exportation of children’s toys and childcare articles that can be placed in a child’s mouth will be banned if they contain diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) or di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP) in concentrations exceeding 0.1 percent. Imports of toys and childcare articles made of flexible materials must be accompanied by a technical report prepared by Argentina’s Plastic Industry Centre for Research and Development confirming that those products do not contain any of the banned phthalates. The term “childcare article” is defined in the legislation as a product intended to facilitate sleep, relaxation, hygiene and feeding of children.

This ban was originally slated to enter into force on 9 September 2008 but the implementation date has been extended to 11 March 2009. In addition, a special commission has been created to develop instructional materials designed to ensure that the phthalate regulations are adequately implemented.
Source: Business Alert – US