In an article published on December 19, 2018, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed that “the European Commission has adopted a Decision to amend the REACH Regulation and restrict the use of the phthalates, DEHP [(bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, CAS 117-81-7)], BBP [(benzyl butyl phthalate, CAS 85-68-7)], DBP [(dibutyl phthalate, CAS 84-74-2)] and DIBP [(diisobutyl phthalate, CAS 84-69-5)] in consumer products on the EU market” (FPF reported). From June 2020, “the four substances will be restricted to a concentration equal to or below 0.1% by weight individually or in any combination in any plasticized material in articles used by consumers or in indoor areas.” This restriction does not cover food contact materials (FPF reported).

Recently, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) started a consultation on a “draft recommendation to amend the REACH authorization list (Annex XIV) entries for the . . . [same] four phthalates to include their endocrine-disrupting properties” (FPF reported). Further, a reassessment of the substances’ use in food contact plastics is currently being carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (FPF reported).

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Chemical Watch (December 19, 2018). “Commission adopts EU phthalates restriction Decision.