ISO has published ISO 8124-6:2018 for phthalates in toys and children’s products. The new standard replaced the first edition upon publication.

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In 2014, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO 8124-6:2014 for phthalates in toys and children’s products. That completely new publication expanded the ISO 8124 series of standards for toy safety and provided a methodology for the determination of six phthalates in toys and children’s articles (Safeguard 161/14 [1]).

In November 2018, ISO published ISO 8124-6:2018 [2]. This second edition contains, inter alia, a number of important technical revisions to its predecessor. These include the following:

  • Extending the suitability of the method from six phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, DIDP, DINP and DNOP) to seven phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, DIBP, DIDP, DINP and DNOP)
  • Inclusion of ‘liquids’ to the specific list of materials that are applicable to toys and children’s products
  • The use of ‘ultrasonic bath’, described as Method C, for extraction as an additional suitable method to ‘Soxhlet extraction’ and ‘Solvent extraction’

The ISO 8124-6:2018 standard replaced the first edition upon its publication.

A comparison of major highlights between ISO 8124-6:2018 and its predecessor is summarized in Table 1.

Item Parameter ISO 8124-6:2018 ISO 8124-6:2014
1 Title Safety of Toys-part 6
Certain phthalate esters in toys and children’s products
3 Extraction in dichloromethane Method A
Soxhlet extraction, reflux, 6 hours
Method B
Solvent extraction, 80oC, 1.5 hours, and reflux ,1.5 hours
Method C
Ultrasonic bath, 60oC, 1 hour
4 Analysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)

Table 1


Item Acronym CAS Phthalate
1 BBP 85-68-7 Benzylbutyl phthalate
2 DBP 84-74-2 Di-n-butyl phthalate
3 DEHP 117-81-7 Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
4 DIBP 84-69-5 Diisobutyl phthalate
5 DIDP 26761-40-0 and 68515-49-1 Diisodecyl phthalate
6 DINP 28553-12-0 and 68515-48-0 Diisononyl phthalate
7 DNOP 117-84-0 Di-n-octyl phthalate

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