In a press release on July 1, 2014 the Danish Minister of the Environment Kirsten Brosbøl expressed criticism regarding the European Commission’s estimation that the Danish ban of four phthalates is contrary to EU rules, but scraps ban nevertheless. The ban of di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) was originally intended to come into force in December 2013. Since, it had already been delayed until December 2015 in response to assertions from manufacturers that the original deadline was impossible. Currently, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is considering whether there is a new basis for the ban of phthalates under EU law. The review must be completed before Denmark may issue a new rule banning the phthalates, according to the press release.

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Danish Ministry of the Environment (July 1, 2014). “Brosbøl: EU-Kommissionen skal op i gear på kemikalieområdet.” (in Danish)