European Union Prepares to Restrict Four Phthalate Chemicals. Plasticizers commonly used in most products will be prohibited at levels greater than 0.1% by weight. The European Union is one step closer to banning the use of four phthalates in products. The European Chemicals Agency's Socio-Economic Analysis Committee voted on 20 June to restrict the use of many of the chemicals included in the EU's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) law.
The four phthalates are butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).
AB, REACH banned the use of substances associated with reproductive effects in 2015. However, companies can obtain perpetual use authorizations if no safer alternatives are available. The proposed restrictions would eliminate continued use authorizations for consumer products containing phthalates at levels greater than 0.1% by weight.
Four phthalates are used to soften plastics found in a wide variety of consumer products, including upholstery, coated fabrics and paper, entertainment equipment, mattresses, shoes, office supplies and cables. Laboratory use will be exempt from restrictions.
The European Commission still needs to formally accept the restrictions, which will apply three years after they are finalized.
Source : ACS