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Toy legislation in the European Union

ExxonMobil Chemical believes DINP is safe for use in vinyl toys.

On April 13, 2006, the European Commission confirmed that two of the most widely used phthalate plasticizers – DINP and DIDP – are safe. This decision follows 10 years of extensive risk assessment studies which determined that both products, offered by ExxonMobil Chemical under our Jayflex™ plasticizer brand, pose no risk.

The EC introduced temporary restrictions in 1999 on the use of six phthalates, including DINP, in PVC toys and childcare articles for children under three years of age and intended to be placed in the mouth.

In 2005, the temporary restrictions were changed and formalized under the Marketing and Use Directive:

  • DEHP, DBP, BBP is restricted from use in all toys and childcare articles.
  • DINP, DIDP, DnOP are restricted from use in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth.

The restriction on DINP and DIDP was based on precautionary principle rather than scientific fact, but was a lesser restriction in recognition that they are not subject to the hazard classification applied to DEHP, BBP and DBP.

These restrictions were put in place before the official publication in April 2006 of the final EU Risk Assessment results for DINP. The restrictions on the use of DINP, DIDP and DnOP in toys and childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth are due for re-evaluation by the EC by January 2010.

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