South Korea Proposes Increase in Phthalates Restrictions for Children’s Products

South Korea releases proposal to strengthen
its restrictions on phthalates in children’s products.

The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Energy (MOTIE) made the announcement in January 2021. If adopted, the proposed
change will expand the number of restricted phthalates from six to seven under
the Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products. This standard applies to
products that are used by or for children under the age of 13. It does not
apply to the inaccessible components of a children’s product.

Currently, six phthalates are restricted
to less than 0.1% (sum) in children’s products. These are:

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

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Under the proposal, diisobutyl phthalate
(DIBP) will be added to this list.

The proposal has been made under the
Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products, 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).

MOTIE held a public consultation on the
proposal between January 25, 2021, and March 28, 2021. According to World Trade
Organization (WTO) document number 21-1469, the proposed date of adoption and
entry into force will be in June 2021 or later.

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