Harman Corporation is committed to meeting the needs of their customers. Key to this commitment is staying current with international regulatory requirements and providing effective solutions. Harman Corporation is an active member of the Society of Plastics Industry - Vinyl Products Division (SPI-VPD). As an active member, the company has access to the most current information and industry experts regarding a broad range of subjects. This includes the current CPSIA regulation affecting phthalates.
The 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) included a ban on 3 low molecular weight phthalates (DEHP, DBP and BBP) from being used in children's toys and a temporary ban pending more evaluation for DINP, DIDP and DnOP. Harman Corporation vigorously supports the extensive safety record associated with DIDP and DINP, which are two high molecular weight phthalate plasticizers used in the company's flexible vinyl products. These two phthalates have been used safely for over 40 years with no evidence of actual harm. Numerous government and scientific evaluations have confirmed that DIDP and DINP are safe for use in all of their current applications. While the company believes in the safety of these products, their regulatory and market expertise has also allowed them to develop phthalate free vinyl formulas for specialty applications.
Material formulation and process testing of phthalate free vinyl started in 2006 and we have been manufacturing phthalate free products since early 2007. Harman Corporation is acknowledged by some of the most recognized U.S. toy manufacturers as experts in this particular area of regulatory awareness, as well as the leading provider of innovative new materials.
For the most current and detailed information regarding phthalates, please visit the American Chemistry Council's Phthalate Ester Panel Website: