Phthalate Testing & SVOC Analysis

Testing Services for Phthalate Esters

Berkeley Analytical tests toys, child care items and other children’s items for their content of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) and the 5 other phthalate esters (DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DnOP) listed in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. BkA is:

  • ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited for test method CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3 specified in CPSIA regulation
  • CPSC-Accepted laboratory authorized by CPSC to test children’s products for phthalates
  • Annual participant in international inter-laboratory studies for content of phthalates in plastics

BkA also tests a wide variety of products for their potential to cause consumer exposures to the 6 phthalate esters listed by California Proposition 65 (Prop 65), the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Additionally, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recent Safer Consumer Products regulation has targeted phthalate esters in a broad range of products including building products (vinyl flooring, adhesives & sealants), cleaning products, clothing, and office printing cartridges. A full scan test of 17 aliphatic phthalate esters is available to address questions regarding general content and exposures associated with products. BkA’s services for Prop 65 and DTSC phthalates include:

  • Phthalate content analysis by CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3 and U.S. EPA Method 8270D and Method 3545A
  • Collection and analysis of surface wipe samples to assess potential dermal and indirect hand-to-mouth exposures

View our technical brief that summarizes the phthalate esters contained in the CPSIA 2008 regulation, Proposition 65 and European ECHA and REACH regulations. Proposed changes to the CPSIA are indicated. Safe Harbor values for exposure and the numbers of 60-day notices filed in 2015 are listed for Prop 65 phthalates.

We can connect you with our toxicology partners that specialize in risk assessments for Prop 65 and alternative assessments for DTSC. Testing can help you identify compliance considerations during product development, minimize risks due to supply chain problems and obtain competitive advantage by meeting purchasing requirements of large retail chains and other customers.

Other Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOC)

Our laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for cryogenic milling, accelerated solvent extraction, and high sensitivity GC/MS analysis of a variety of SVOCs in solvent extracts. We apply these techniques and our accredited methods for the analysis of chlorinated organophosphate flame retardants in products such as flexible foam for seating, sofas, bedding and upholstery & drapery fabrics. The chlorinated flame retardants, Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) and Tris (2-chloroethyl)phosphate are listed on Prop 65. The DTSC Safer Consumer Products regulation has more generally targeted organophosphate flame retardants in furniture products and fabrics.

Field-Collected Phthalate Samples

BkA also provides IAQ professionals involved in building investigations with phthalate testing in a variety of field collected matrices. These matrices include:

  • Air samples collected on low-volume PUF cartridges – typically requires a sample volume of only 240 L
  • Vacuum collected dust samples
  • Surface wipe samples collected with surgical gauze pads

View our SVOC sampling guide and contact us to discuss your phthalate and SVOC analytical needs and to request a quotation.