On July 18, 2014, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) report on phthalates was released. Instead of being subject to an open, public comment period in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the CHAP report was only subjected to a closed-door peer review.

The High Phthalates Panel of the American Chemistry Council sponsored ToxStrategies, Inc. to manage an independent peer review of the final CHAP report by internationally-recognized scientists with recognized expertise in the key subject areas covered in the CHAP report. These reviews questioned some of the CHAP’s recommendations, including:

  • the human relevance of animal studies;
  • the representation of epidemiological studies;
  • the results of the exposure assessment and deficiencies in the methodology;
  • the reliability of the report’s cumulative risk predictions and recommendations; and,
  • the basis for a recommendation that the interim ban on diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in children’s toys and child care articles at levels greater than 0.1 percent be made permanent.

» View an executive summary of the ToxStrategies report

The High Phthalates Panel of the American Chemistry Council challenges the conclusions of the CHAP report on phthalates based on a flawed CPSC process, underscoring that the CHAP report on phthalates should not serve as a basis for a Proposed Rule until after the CPSC seeks and considers public comments on this report. ACC has outlined its concerns with the report, including a letter to CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye and a letter to former CPSC Associate Executive Director, Directorate for Health Sciences Dr. Mary Ann Danello.

» Read the High Phthalates Panel of the American Chemistry Council’s statement on the CHAP report on phthalates

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