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Phthalates, which fall into the scope of plasticizers, are additives used to enhance elasticity and durability of plastics. However, due to legal provisions, growing environmental and health awareness, the use of Phthalate is highly restricted by all global governing bodies.

Toys on floor

The use of certain phthalates has been restricted in the European Union for children’s toys since 1999 via the REACH regulation and 2008 in the USA via the CPSIA regulation as well as California Prop 65 regulation.

DIBP (Diisobutyl phthalate) is a reprotoxic category 1B substance classified by EU CLP Regulation. In 2016, the publication of Regulation (EU) 2016/1179 in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) updated the requirements for DIBP. This new requirement will become effective in March 2018.

As the requirement of European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, unless specifically exempted, the use of reprotoxic substances like DIBP are strictly prohibited in toys. Recently, the European Raid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (RAPEX) has reported a number of notifications [1] for violation of DIBP, and recalled the non-compliance products.
Other than Phthalates specified in REACH regulation Annex XVII, there are more than 10 Phthalates on the SVHC Candidate List

To show our gratitude towards your trust and continuous support, SGS is now offering a special promotion on Phthalate testing services.

Test Item  Promotional Offer  
17 Phthalates 
(DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DNOP, DIBP + additional Phthalates in SVHC Candidate List) 
 Additional HKD 400.00


  • This promotion is valid from now until December 31, 2017
  • The offer is only available in SGS Hong Kong Limited (Hardlines laboratory)
  • This offer is for new clients only and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or special buyer programs
  • SGS Hong Kong reserves the final right to change the terms and conditions of the service guarantee without further notice. In case of disputes, SGS decision shall be final


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