Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report: Phthalates Regulations

Cyclical Enforcement Project: Phthalates Regulations

Fiscal Year 2015/2016


The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and regulations made under it.

The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify compliance of child care articles and toys that are made of soft vinyl or that have accessible soft vinyl components for the presence of phthalates. These products are subject to the Phthalates Regulations.

For this project, compliance of select child care articles and toys with the Phthalates Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled any relevant product(s). Compliance to the requirements listed under the regulations was verified through initial screening in the field using x-ray fluorescence followed by testing at the Product Safety Laboratory where necessary.

Prior to initiating this CE project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to quantify the presence of relevant stakeholders in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.

Over the course of the 2015/16 fiscal year, testing of 14 different products was carried out. All samples passed testing and no corrective actions were required.


Readers should consult the individual recall notices for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Results Table
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Angel Dear Teether Blankie Chotobaby None identified None
Baby Clementoni Hochet Giraffe Rattle Pierre Belvedere None identified None
Baby's Choice Hard and Soft Water Teether Deejay Jewellery Inc. None identified None
Bright Starts Take & Teethe Kids II Inc. None identified None
Bright Starts Chill & Teethe Kids II Inc. None identified None
Infantino Water Teether Infantino None identified None
MAM Cooler Teether MAM USA Corporation None identified None
Nuby Icy Bite Teether ISSI Inc. None identified None
Playgro Hochet Giggle Squiggle Rattle ISSI Inc. None identified None
Smoby Cotoons Rattle/Hochet Simba Toys North America None identified None
The First Years Star Teether TOMY None identified None
The World of Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gel Soother Kids Preferred None identified None
Ulubulu Teething Ring Lakapooki Inc. None identified None
Vtech Beep & Go Baby Keys Vtech None identified None

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed. Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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