Determination of Phthalate Esters in Childcare Products and Children's Toys by GC-MS

Sep 05, 2011
By LCGC Editors

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires testing of childcare products and toys for selected phthalate esters by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS). The CPSC test method “CPSC-CH-C1001-09.2 Standard operating procedure for Determination of Phthalate” specifies GC–MS analysis in the SIM mode to monitor for low-intensity ions unique to specific phthalate esters, but full-scan mass spectra are also valuable in qualitative identification. Operation of the mass spectrometer in the FASST Scan/SIM mode allows concurrent high speed acquisition of full-scan and SIM mass spectral data to provide improved qualitative identification while still maintaining optimum sensitivity.

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