NGOs call for phthalates, BPA to be on ECHA list

29 October 2008 12:16  [Source: ICIS news]

PARIS (ICIS news)--Phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA) should be added to the European Chemical Agency's list of hazardous chemicals that will be subject to authorisation under the EU’s Reach legislation, environmentalists and consumer health groups said on Wednesday.

“Restrictions on phthalates similar to those now on the candidate list already exist under the EU toys directive, but so far no member state has suggested these substances be included in the Reach list,” said a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The coalition included the EEB (European Environmental Bureau), the World Wildlife Fund and ChemTrust.

Phthalate products include di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-isodecyl phthalate (DiDP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP).

Bisphenol-A, a well-known endocrine disrupter, has also been left out of the list,” the coalition added.

The ECHA said the list would be regularly updated when more substances were identified as “substances of very high concern”.

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By: Philippa Jones
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