Monday, September 19, 2011

Denmark Proposes Restriction of Four Phthalates under REACH Chemical Regulation

Denmark has proposed to restrict "the placing on the market and use of certain articles containing four classified phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP)."  These common phthalates are found in a variety of professional and consumer products, including PVC and in dispersions, paints and varnishes.  The primary rationale for these restrictions is that these "phthalates are all reported to affect reproductivity."

The Danish proposal is part of the REACH chemical regulation process, in which substances of very high concern can be proposed by Member States to be restricted from further use.  All interested parties (e.g., manufacturers and formulators, as well as other Competent Authorities) can comment on the proposal.  All comments will be "reviewed and taken into account by ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC)."  By September 2012 these Committees would provide their opinions, which will be the basis for final decisions on whether to restrict the substances from use in commerce

Comments are requested by December 16, 2011, though officially the 6-month public consultation being announced today ends in March 2012.

According to the ECHA news release:

The widespread use of phthalates is raising concern, regarding human exposure from consumer articles. The dossier addresses the combined exposure based on common effects seen with exposure to these phthalates.
In the report, Denmark suggests a ban for the placing on the market of articles intended for indoor use and articles that may come into direct contact with the skin or mucous membranes, containing one or more of these four phthalates in a concentration greater than 0.1 % by weight of any plasticised material.

More information can be found on the ECHA site.

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