Monday, June 18, 2012

ECHA Drops Proposal to Restrict Four Phthalates

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has dropped its plan to restrict the use of four phthalate chemicals. The proposal had been put forth last year on the chemicals commonly called DIBP, DBP, BBP, DEHP.  However, after review an expert committee determined that the proposed restrictions could not be justified, ECHA last week retracted the proposal.

Denmark had asserted in 2011 that the four phthalates could affect sexual development.  The expert committee disagreed - they noted that the "available data does not indicate that there is currently a risk from combined exposure to the four phthalates." The committee also concluded that regulatory actions already being put into place would result in significant reduction of exposures, thus making the proposed restrictions somewhat redundant, yet overly punitive.

The decision is the first time the expert committee has refuted a proposed restriction from ECHA.  

A summary of the Danish report can be read here.

The full proposal can be downloaded here.

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