In an article published on December 19, 2017 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, editor Luke Buxton informed that EU Member States of the REACH Committee have approved proposals by the European Commission (EC) to identify dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP, CAS 84-61-7) and benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2-anhydride (trimellitic anhydride, TMA, CAS 552-30-7) as substances of very high concern (SVHCs).

In June 2016, the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Member State Committee (MSC) supported the proposal to identify DCHP as an SVHC due to its toxicity for reproduction and endocrine disrupting effects on human health (FPF reported). In December 2016, the majority of ECHA’s MSC also supported the identification of TMA as an SVHCs due to its respiratory sensitizing properties (FPF reported). TMA is included as a monomer in the Union List of substances authorized for use in plastic food contact materials (FCMs) (Annex I of Regulation (EU) No 10/2011). Both TMA and DCHP are listed in the FACET inventory of FCMs, as well as in the ESCO working group list of non-plastic FCMs.

The proposals will now be sent to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament for a three-month scrutiny period. If they endorse the proposals for adoption by the EC, TMA and DCHP will be added to the REACH Candidate List.

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Luke Buxton (December 19, 2017). “EU member states back SVHC status for DCHP.