About Plasticizer Analysis

SGS PSI performs analysis to determine the plasticizers that are in products and the concentration of plasticizers by using Gas Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).  Plasticizer analysis is important for confirming the composition of raw materials and finished products.

  • Approaches

    Samples are typically solvent extracted, and plasticizer analysis is performed using the extraction solvent.

    Plasticizer testing is typically performed using GC-MS.  The GC-MS method separates mixtures of polymer additives and provides identification of the plasticizer chemicals. This method also provides concentrations of each identified plasticizer.

    We perform plasticizer analysis for a variety of compounds, including the six phthalates specifically mentioned in Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008:

    • di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
    • dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
    • benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
    • diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
    • diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
    • di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)
  • Sample Considerations

    The sample size required for plasticizer analysis is 1 to 5 grams.

    The highly sensitive GC-MS method can provide analysis of plasticizer that is an intentional ingredient, usually in the 1 to 30 percent range, or detect trace amounts that result from contamination or other sources.

    Contact us to discuss your specific plasticizer analysis needs and sample considerations.

  • Experience

    We have provided plasticizer analysis for many products, including:

    • PVC pipe
    • Children’s toys
    • Medical products
    • Vinyl-coated fabrics
    • Plastic tubing
    • Electrical cable and wire insulation

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