Restriction of four phthalates in articles not justified – ECHA

15 June 2012 12:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A European chemicals Agency (ECHA) assessment committee agreed on Friday that the restriction on the use of four phthalates in articles sold in the EU is not justified.

Danish authorities had suggested that human exposure to the four combined phthalates – DEHP (di-octyl phthalate), DBP, BBP and DIBP – be limited in consumer articles.

The ECHA’s Committee of Risk Assessment (RAC), however, said that available data did not show that there is a risk from combined exposure to the chemicals. The phthalates will have to be authorised for use under the EU’s Reach chemicals registration, evaluation and authorisation legislation. The consequential reduction in use would cut further exposure, the committee agreed.

This was the first time since Reach was adopted by the EU that the impact of combined substances had been considered.

“It is important to note that RAC did not question the principle of addressing risks through combined exposure if the substances act similarly,” the ECHA said.

“For example, in the case of the four phthalates, they all show anti-androgenic properties,” it added. 

The RAC recommended bio monitoring and following up of use trends for the four substances.

By: Nigel Davis
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