12 December 2018, ECHA issued a notice to conduct public consultation on the amendment of annex XIV of REACH Regulation to the list of four phthalates authorized for their endocrine disrupting properties. The deadline for comments is 12 March 2019.

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The information of the four phthalates is as follows:

Name

EC Number

CAS Number

Date of publication

Deadline for commenting

Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)

201-622-7

85-68-7

12/12/2018

12/03/2019

Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

204-211-0

117-81-7

12/12/2018

12/03/2019

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

201-557-4

84-74-2

12/12/2018

12/03/2019

Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

201-553-2

84-69-5

12/12/2018

12/03/2019

These four phthalates have previously been identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) due to their reprotoxic and endocrine disrupting properties.

This amendment will mean that some uses which until now have been exempted may require authorization, such as:

  1. Uses of the four phthalates in mixtures in concentrations equal or above 0.1 % w/w (so far the concentration limit has been 0.3 % w/w);
  2. Some uses of DEHP (e.g. in food contact materials or medical devices) that will no longer fall under the ‘generic exemptions from the authorization requirement’ due to the endocrine disrupting effects on the environment of DEHP.

C&K Testing reminds enterprises to pay attention to the revising of REACH Regulation to prevent the subsequent risk.



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