Wednesday 17 December 2014
It is with deep concern that ECPI notes the ECHA Member State Committee has concluded that DEHP is an endocrine disruptor of equivalent level of concern for its environmental properties. The science on DEHP does not support such a conclusion as the weight of evidence shows that DEHP does not cause adverse endocrine effects in fish and other aquatic organisms. This was also the reason for non-classification for environmental hazards in the conclusion of the EU DEHP RAR (Risk Assessment Report) which at the time had been agreed by all member states. In addition, lack of reproductive effects in primates and species differences for rat, mouse and humans is not in agreement with a concern for mammals in the environment. Moreover, DEHP does not bio accumulate and therefore DEHP cannot pose a hazard to higher mammals in the environment. ECPI does not agree with the Member State Committee that the WHO/IPCS definition of adverse effects consequent to an endocrine mode of action, for the environment, has been met and demonstrated in the dossiers submitted. “We can only conclude that the decision has been political rather than science based” stated Dr. Stephane Content of ECPI.
Thursday 13 November 2014
The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) is committed to the safety and sustainability of plasticisers, human health being of paramount importance for the European plasticisers producers. For this reason, ECPI experts wish to address the misconceptions related to the conclusions of a study presented in the recent publication by Bornehag (2014)[i] on pre-natal phthalate exposure and anogenital distance in Swedish boys and broadly alarmingly reported by several European media.
Monday 27 October 2014
On 21 October 2014, Dr. Emily Barrett, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York State, presented a study under a speculative and unjustified title claiming that “environmental phthalate exposure is associated with low interest in sexual activity in premenopausal women”. The study, for which only a short abstract has so far been published, aimed at establishing a potential link between sexual health self-assessment reports collected from 360 American women and the presence of urinary metabolites of DEHP.
Friday 19 September 2014
Some European media have reported about the findings of a study by Whyatt et. al, available online in Environmental Health Perspectives. It shows an association between childhood asthma and pre-natal exposure to two phthalate (BBzP and DnBP) based on the respective urinary metabolites in urine.
In public and media debates, scientific rigor and factual accuracy is essential to avoid making unjustified, generic claims when referring to the effects of any substance, and in order to ensure consumer safety is based on precise information.
ECPI welcomes ECHA’s opinion proposing Authorisation to three companies to supply DEHP for the continued use in PVC applications, and one company to supply DBP for continued use in specific applications
Friday 19 September 2014
Brussels 19 September 2014: ECHA's Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) have issued draft opinions expressing their support to authorise the continued use of DEHP in many PVC applications and DBP in specific solvent, propellant and ceramic applications. The final decision on Authorisation rests with the European Commission.
Monday 25 August 2014
Friday 11 July 2014
Europe’s plasticisers association welcomed the Danish Environment Ministry decision to withdraw its proposed ban on DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP, which would have entered into force from December 2015. The European Commission had already stressed that national bans on specific chemicals may not be compatible with EU’s chemical legislation.
Friday 31 January 2014
On 31 January 2014, the European Commission has published its conclusions regarding the re-evaluation of the restrictions on DINP and DIDP in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth. The Commission is fully aligned with the main conclusions presented in August last year by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which in September 2009 was asked to review any newly available scientific information on these two high phthalates.
Thursday 30 January 2014
The High Molecular Weight (HMW) phthalates, DINP, DIDP, DPHP are not classified for any adverse health effects and do not cause adverse effects via an endocrine mechanism – hence they are not endocrine disruptors.
Monday 23 September 2013
On 28 August 2013, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published its final report on the re-evaluation of the restrictions on DINP and DIDP in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth. This re-evaluation of the restrictions on non-classified high phthalates is required by entry 52 of Annex XVII of REACH, which incorporated the original restrictions in Directive 2005/84/EC.
Thursday 14 March 2013
On 5-8 March, the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) adopted an Opinion on the ECHA Draft Report on the re-evaluation of the restrictions on DINP and DIDP in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth. This re-evaluation of the restrictions on non-classified high phthalates is required by entry 52 of Annex XVII of REACH, which incorporated the original restrictions in Directive 2005/84/EC.
Monday 24 September 2012
Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has finally published its Priority Existing Chemical (PEC) Assessment Report on diisononyl phthalate (DINP). The main conclusion is that "current risk estimates do not indicate a health concern from exposure of children to DINP in toys and childcare articles even at the highest (reasonable worst-case) exposure scenario considered."
Monday 13 August 2012
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) launched a public consultation on the Swedish proposal to reclassify diisohexyl phthalate (CAS n 68515-50-4) as a repro-toxic category 1B substance. At present, there is no harmonised classification for this low molecular weight phthalate (3-6 carbon atoms in the backbone of the side chains), also known under the acronym and DIHexP.
Tuesday 19 June 2012
Denmark's proposal to restrict the use of four lower molecular weight phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP and DIBP) in certain consumer articles has been found to be not justified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC).
Monday 7 May 2012
On 7 May 2012 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of a public consultation on the ECHA draft report on the Toy Restrictions Re-evaluation of DINP and DIDP. This re-evaluation of the restrictions on non-classified high phthalates in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth is required by entry 52 of Annex XVII of REACH, which incorporated the original restrictions in Directive 2005/84/EC.
Thursday 12 April 2012
At the recent event “Hold-up sur la fertilité! Phtalates et perturbateurs endocriniens, de la recherche scientifique à l’action” organised by RES and WECF at the French National Assembly in Paris on 10 April, participants presented all phthalates as a single category of substances with potential endocrine disruptive effects. However, it is important to note that phthalates are a large and diverse family of chemicals and to use the generic term “phthalates” in this context is simply not correct.
Monday 5 December 2011
On 21 October 2011, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) submitted the first draft Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) of Substance Evaluation to the EU Member States. It listed 91 substances, amongst which were a number of phthalate plasticisers, including four high phthalates (see Attachment I). The Member States Committee will prepare an opinion on the draft CoRAP in February 2012, and – on the basis of the Committee’s opinion – ECHA will then adopt the final plan for substance evaluation by 28 February 2012.
Wednesday 5 October 2011
Friday 30 September 2011
On 16 September 2011, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) opened a consultation on the restriction dossier for the classified low molecular weight phthalates DEHP, DIBP, DBP and BBP presented by Denmark. This followed the decision of the Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees that the dossier is in conformance with the REACH information requirements.
Wednesday 25 May 2011
The outcome of this vote has provoked a number of reactions and articles in the media. Some of these articles have implied a change in the regulations and as a result an immediate ban. However, this bill has not yet been passed by parliament and thus has not come into force
Wednesday 4 May 2011
Against all expectations and against the advice of the Government, the French National Assembly adopted in first reading on May 3, 2011 Mr. Yvan Lachaud’s bill to ban the use of phthalates, parabens and alkylphenols.
Wednesday 30 March 2011
Thursday 17 February 2011
The European Commission announced the adoption of the Decision to include the first list of chemical substances in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation, the so-called "Authorisation List". The low molecular weight phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are amongst the six substances included in the Decision.
Tuesday 12 October 2010
The widely used general purpose plasticiser Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), has been registered under the EU's new Chemicals Legislation REACH.
The consortium of European producers which has been responsible for collating data announced this week that the lead Registrant's submission has been successful and that a registration number has been received. This is well ahead of the November 30A deadline.
Wednesday 17 March 2010
The REACH DINP Consortium today announced the successful REACH registration of DINP*, well in advance of the 1 December 2010 deadline.