DEHP Reach registered, producers to seek approval for further use

26 October 2010 17:31  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Plasticiser Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) has been registered under the EU’s Reach chemicals legislation and manufacturers will be seeking approval for uses beyond 2015, the lead registrant for the chemical said on Tuesday.

Global industrial and speciality chemical company Arkema said the registration would enable the continued manufacture and use of DEHP, but because it is classified as a substance of very high concern (SVHC), its uses after 2015 would need to be authorised.

“With all the other manufacturers, we are expected to begin the process of seeking the necessary approvals for uses beyond 2015 as soon as the ECHA [European Chemicals Agency] has finalised details of the process,” an Arkema spokesman said.

DEHP, also known as di-octyl phthalate (DOP), is mainly used for making polyvinyl chloride (PVC) soft and pliable. It accounts for around 17% of plasticiser use in western Europe and approximately one-third worldwide.

The chemical is registered for all its current uses, including in medical devices.

DEHP is a low molecular weight phthalate, which in studies has been shown to affect animal reproduction, and this has led to it being classed as reprotoxic. It has also been linked with negative effects on the environment.

In the EU, its use has been restricted in the production of infant toys that can be put in the mouth.

ReachCentrum, the professional services body established by Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, said uses of DEHP were being discussed with downstream users.

However, it added that manufacturers believed that following the development of the Chemical Safety Report of the Reach DEHP dossier, all current uses should receive the necessary authorisation based on its adequate control and safe use, demonstrated and confirmed by EU risk assessments and agreed by EU member states.

DEHP is used for general-purpose products including building materials such as flooring, cables, profiles and roofs, as well as medical products such as blood bags and dialysis equipment.

Members of the DEHP consortium include Arkema, Oxea, Perstorp, Polynt SPA, Zak SA, Deza as, Oltchim SA and Boryszew SA.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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