South Korea Amends Children’s Products Rule by Expanding Phthalate Restrictions

Korea has increased the number of phthalates restricted in children’s products from
six to seven with the addition of diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) issued Notice Number 2021-131 in
July 2021. This strengthens restrictions relating to phthalates under the Common Safety Standard for Children’s
Products and subject to certification pursuant to Article 17(3) of the Special
Act on Children’s product Safety, children’s products subject to confirmation pursuant
to Article 22(2), and children’s products subject to supplier conformity
verification pursuant to Article 25(2).

Following the issuing of Notice 2021-132 of July 19,
2021, the following phthalates are now restricted in children’s products used by or for children under the age of

  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
  • Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
  • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
  • Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)

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They are restricted to no more than 0.1% (sum)
but stakeholders should be aware it does not apply to inaccessible components.

The provisions in the notice come into effect
on January 1, 2022.

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