ECHA Consults on Amendment of REACH Annex XIV for Four Phthalates

On December 12, 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.

The information of the four phthalates is as follows:

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.