CPSC Symposium: Phthalates Screening and Testing Methods

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Rockville, Maryland

Summary: The CPSC held a symposium on phthalates screening and testing methods at the CPSC National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, Maryland 20850..

Topics covered:

  • Methods for increased quality control, from the manufacturing process to testing a final product;
  • Available chemical analysis instrumentation and techniques, including infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermal Desorption, Direct Analysis Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS), and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS);
  • Advantages and limitations of available technology; and
  • Emerging organic chemical detection and quantification technologies.

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  CPSC Staff Presentation

CPSC Symposium on Phthalates Screening and Testing Methods - Matthew Dreyfus, Chemistry Division, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences [PDF]

  Non-Government Participants' Presentations
These presentations were not prepared by the Commission or Commission staff and are not official documents of the CPSC, have not been reviewed by, and may not necessarily reflect the views of, the Commission.
Assessing DART-MS for the Rapid Screening of Phthalates in Food Contact Polymers - Luke K Ackerman, USFDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition [PDF]    Also: melamine results video
The Use of Various Mass Spectrometry Techniques for the Analysis of Phthalates - Rafael Acosta, Agilent Technologies [PDF]
Phthalates Screening and Testing Methods - Bob Altkorn, Intertek [PDF]
Using Dual Instrumentation for Phthalate Analysis - Lisa Clerici, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services [PDF]
Going Beyond Six: Altering the Draft ASTM Thermal Desorption (TD) - GC/MS Method to Accommodate an Expanded List of Phthalates - R.R. Freeman, Frontier Laboratories [PDF]
Determining a Comprehensive Methodology to Screen for Phthalates Using Portable FT-IR - Michael J. Gray, Thermo Niton Analyzers [PDF]
Hand Held and Portable FTIR Spectroscopic Techniques Investigated to Measure Phthalate Levels in Plastics - Frank Higgins, Agilent Technologies [PDF]
Modern Raman Spectrometers: Cutting Edge Technology in The Palm of Your Hand - Steve Pullins, BaySpec [PDF]


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