ECHA committees agree on restriction of 4 phthalates

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis support proposal to ban endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in various articles; all 4 substances relevant for food contact materials

Prenatal phthalate exposure and male genital development

Study finds inverse association between mothers’ urinary phthalate levels and free testosterone blood levels in early pregnancy; lower free testosterone in mothers associated with higher prevalence of genital abnormalities in baby boys

ECHA: Draft recommendation proposes 7 substances for authorization

European Chemicals Agency opens public consultation on 7 Substances of Very High Concern proposed for REACH Annex XIV; European Commission calls for information on socio-economic consequences

FCM regulation in China: Importer challenges

Law firm Keller and Heckman points out differences in FCM regulation in the EU, U.S., and China

Four phthalates recognized as hormone disrupting for humans

EU REACH Committee classifies DEHP, DBP, BBP, and DIBP as substances of very high concern due to their endocrine disrupting effects in humans

“Should I worry about plastics?”

BBC2 report investigates chemical exposure from plastic food packaging and consults with leading toxicologists; likely no concern for average adults; reducing plastic use recommended

NGOs demand action on SVHCs

European and international NGOs ask EU REACH Committee to take action on siloxanes, phthalates and nanomaterials

DEHP disrupts insulin signaling

Scientists find that long-term oral exposure of adult rats to the phthalate DEHP disrupts insulin signaling pathways, resulting in the development of insulin resistance

EU human biomonitoring launched

European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU) launched on December 8, 2016, followed by stakeholder meeting; prioritized substances include plasticizers, bisphenols, PFASs, anilines

Male phthalate levels and embryo quality

New study finds inverse association between male urinary phthalate levels and embryo quality in couples undergoing assisted reproduction