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US CPSC Exempts Certain Fibers from Third Party Testing

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsJune 05, 2020

The US CPSC exempts several unfinished manufactured fibers in toys and childcare articles from undergoing third party testing. The final rule will become effective on July 1, 2020.

On June 1, 2020 the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) issued a final rule in the Federal Register (85 FR 33015) to determine that several unfinished manufactured fibers would not exceed the regulatory limits for ASTM F963 soluble elements or phthalates in toys and childcare articles. From the determinations, these fibers would not be required to undergo third party testing for compliance with the eight soluble elements in ASTM F963 (16 CFR 1250) or the eight phthalates in toys and child care articles falling under 16 CFR 1307

According to the definitions in the final rule, an unfinished manufactured fiber means ‘a fiber that has no chemical additives beyond those required to manufacture the fiber’ – it is free of any chemical additives to impact color, or some desirable performance property, such as flame retardancy.

This final rule creates a completely new 16 CFR  Part 1253 ‘Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles: Determinations Regarding the ASTM F963 elements and Phthalates for Unfinished manufactured Fibers’.

The final rule will become effective on July 1, 2020.

Highlights of the final rule are summarized in Table 1.

85 Federal Register 33015, June 1, 2020
CPSC 16 CFR PART 1253 ‘Children’s Toys and Childcare Articles: Determinations Regarding ASTM F963 Elements and Phthalates for Unfinished Manufactured Fibers
SubstanceScopeUnfinished manufactured fiber in accessible component exempt from third-party testing
Effective  Date 
ASTM F963 soluble elements
  • Acrylic and modacrylic
  • Natural rubber latex
  • Nylon
  • Polyurethane (spandex)
  • Viscose rayon
July 1, 2020
(see Table 2)
Toys and childcare articles
  • Acrylic and modacrylic
  • Natural rubber latex
  • Nylon
  • Polyurethane (spandex)
  • Viscose rayon
  • Polyester (polyethylene terephthalate, PET)
July 1, 2020

Table 1


Item SubtanceAcronym
1Benzyl butyl phthalateBBPDi-n-hexyl phthalate
2Dibutyl phthalateDBPDiisobutyl phthalate
3Dicyclohexyl phthalate
Diisononyl phthalate
4Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
8Di-n-pentyl phthalateDPENP

Table 2

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