ECHA Consults on Four Phthalates for Updating Authorization List Entries with Endocrine Disrupting Properties

On June 5, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a public consultation, preparing to amend the REACH authorization list on the uses of four phthalates. The deadline for providing comments is 6 August 2018.

These four phthalates are:
– bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP, EC 204-211-0, CAS 117-81-7)
– dibutyl phthalate (DBP, EC 201-557-4, CAS 84-74-2)
– benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP, EC 201-622-7, CAS 85-68-7)
– diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP, EC 201-553-2, CAS 84-69-5)

The four phthalates had earlier been identified as SVHCs and subsequently added to the Authorisation List in 2011 and 2012 due to their classification as toxic for reproduction. They were identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation due to endocrine disrupting properties with effects on human health and, in the case of DEHP, also on the environment. The list entries for these four phthalates were updated accordingly, such as uses in food contact materials [(FCMs)] and in medical devices.