In an article published on January 24, 2019 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, reporter Clelia Oziel informed that “the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed an appeal against ECHA’s [(European Chemicals Agency)] decision four years ago to identify the phthalate DEHP [(bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, CAS 117-81-7)] as an endocrine disruptor for the environment.” The appeal was brought up by the Czech manufacturer Deza that “had disputed the classification because the chemical was already designated a substance of very high concern (SVHC) and on the REACH candidate list since 2008 due to its reprotoxic potential.”

The ECJ decision sets an important precedent for handling similar objections for other endocrine disrupting chemicals, notably bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7), which are currently ongoing (FPF reported).

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Clelia Oziel (January 24, 2019). “ECJ rules ECHA was right to identify DEHP as EDC for environment.Chemical Watch

European Court of Justice (January 23, 2019). “JUDGMENT OF THE COURT (First Chamber) 23 January 2019 (*) (Appeal — Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH Regulation) — Annex XIV — Establishment of a list of substances subject to authorisation — Inclusion in the list of substances identified for eventual inclusion in Annex XIV — Updating of the entry of the substance bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in the list — Misinterpretation and misapplication of the REACH Regulation and of the principle of legal certainty — Distortion of the facts and evidence — Scope of the review).” Provisional text ECLI:EU:C:2019:52

ChemSec (January 25, 2019). “FYI, DEHP is EDC says ECJ.”