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RSS feed Media Tuesday, November 25, 2014 en-en ECPI Statement on Sweden’s Proposal for Harmonised Classification and Labelling of Diisohexyl phthalate (DIHexP) http://www.plasticisers.org/media/25/81/ECPI-Statement-on-Sweden-s-Proposal-for-Harmonised-Classification-and-Labelling-of-Diisohexyl-phthalate-DIHexP?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/25/81/ECPI-Statement-on-Sweden-s-Proposal-for-Harmonised-Classification-and-Labelling-of-Diisohexyl-phthalate-DIHexP?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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Plasticisers Conference 2012 in association with ECPI - Registration is open http://www.plasticisers.org/media/23/81/Plasticisers-Conference-2012-in-association-with-ECPI---Registration-is-open?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/23/81/Plasticisers-Conference-2012-in-association-with-ECPI---Registration-is-open?cntnt01language=en_GB After the success of the 2011 Plasticisers Conference, European Plastics News and the ECPI (European Centre for Plasticisers and Intermediates) are pleased to announce another collaborative conference for 2012, This two0day event will take place in Brussels, Belgium - 4 & 5 December 2012.

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“Not justified” - ECHA Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) opinion on Danish Restriction Proposal for DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP http://www.plasticisers.org/media/22/81/Not-justified---ECHA-Committee-for-Risk-Assessment-RAC-opinion-on-Danish-Restriction-Proposal-for-DEHP-DBP-DIBP-and-BBP?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/22/81/Not-justified---ECHA-Committee-for-Risk-Assessment-RAC-opinion-on-Danish-Restriction-Proposal-for-DEHP-DBP-DIBP-and-BBP?cntnt01language=en_GB 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).

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ECPI statement following the publication of the ECHA draft report on DINP and DIDP Toy Restrictions Re-evaluation http://www.plasticisers.org/media/21/81/ECPI-statement-following-the-publication-of-the-ECHA-draft-report-on-DINP-and-DIDP-Toy-Restrictions-Re-evaluation?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/21/81/ECPI-statement-following-the-publication-of-the-ECHA-draft-report-on-DINP-and-DIDP-Toy-Restrictions-Re-evaluation?cntnt01language=en_GB

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.

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High phthalates are not endocrine disruptors http://www.plasticisers.org/media/19/81/High-phthalates-are-not-endocrine-disruptors?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/19/81/High-phthalates-are-not-endocrine-disruptors?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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ECPI response to frequently made non-scientific claims http://www.plasticisers.org/media/20/81/ECPI-response-to-frequently-made-non-scientific-claims?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/20/81/ECPI-response-to-frequently-made-non-scientific-claims?cntnt01language=en_GB At public and media debates on the topic of endocrine disruptors a number of arguments are being heard over and over again but, quite often, they lack the necessary scientific validity or are being used to extrapolate conclusions which can often be misleading.

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Plasticisers Conference 2012 in association with ECPI http://www.plasticisers.org/media/17/81/Plasticisers-Conference-2012-in-association-with-ECPI?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/17/81/Plasticisers-Conference-2012-in-association-with-ECPI?cntnt01language=en_GB The international forum covering the key topics about applications and developments in plasticisers today
will be back to Brussels on 4 & 5 December 2012.

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ECPI statement on the ECHA draft Substance Evaluation List http://www.plasticisers.org/media/16/81/ECPI-statement-on-the-ECHA-draft-Substance-Evaluation-List?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/16/81/ECPI-statement-on-the-ECHA-draft-Substance-Evaluation-List?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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International experts debate the future of plasticisers http://www.plasticisers.org/media/15/81/International-experts-debate-the-future-of-plasticisers?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/15/81/International-experts-debate-the-future-of-plasticisers?cntnt01language=en_GB The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) partnered up with Crain Communications and European Plastics News to organise the Plasticisers Conference 2011 which took place in Brussels this week. During two days, close to 60 international experts discussed about the future of the industry, its products and their applications.

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DINP is not an endocrine disrupter. ECPI statement on NGO report “Home sweet home - dusty surprises under the bed” http://www.plasticisers.org/media/14/81/DINP-is-not-an-endocrine-disrupter-ECPI-statement-on-NGO-report-Home-sweet-home---dusty-surprises-under-the-bed?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/14/81/DINP-is-not-an-endocrine-disrupter-ECPI-statement-on-NGO-report-Home-sweet-home---dusty-surprises-under-the-bed?cntnt01language=en_GB On 14 September 2011, ChemSec, together with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and other NGOs, released the report “Home sweet home - dusty surprises under the bed”. It analyses the dust collected from bedrooms across the EU, Africa and Asia and concluded that certain disrupting chemicals were present in levels higher than earlier found. In particular, the study singled out the low phthalates DEHP, BBP and DBP as well as the high phthalate DINP as endocrine disruptors. ]]> ECPI statement on the Danish restriction proposal for low phthalates http://www.plasticisers.org/media/13/81/ECPI-statement-on-the-Danish-restriction-proposal-for-low-phthalates?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/13/81/ECPI-statement-on-the-Danish-restriction-proposal-for-low-phthalates?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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Plasticisers 2011 in association with ECPI http://www.plasticisers.org/media/12/81/Plasticisers-2011-in-association-with-ECPI?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/12/81/Plasticisers-2011-in-association-with-ECPI?cntnt01language=en_GB French Parliament vote: Communication to the plastic industry http://www.plasticisers.org/media/11/81/French-Parliament-vote-Communication-to-the-plastic-industry?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/11/81/French-Parliament-vote-Communication-to-the-plastic-industry?cntnt01language=en_GB 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

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EU Commission report on endocrine disruptors http://www.plasticisers.org/media/10/81/EU-Commission-report-on-endocrine-disruptors?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/10/81/EU-Commission-report-on-endocrine-disruptors?cntnt01language=en_GB French Parliament vote: Plasticiser producers call for unjustified bill to be rejected http://www.plasticisers.org/media/9/81/French-Parliament-vote-Plasticiser-producers-call-for-unjustified-bill-to-be-rejected?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/9/81/French-Parliament-vote-Plasticiser-producers-call-for-unjustified-bill-to-be-rejected?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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Flexible PVC made with high phthalates is safe for use http://www.plasticisers.org/media/7/81/Flexible-PVC-made-with-high-phthalates-is-safe-for-use?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/7/81/Flexible-PVC-made-with-high-phthalates-is-safe-for-use?cntnt01language=en_GB Flexible PVC articles made with high molecular weight phthalate plasticisers (also known as high phthalates), including flooring, wall coverings, and furniture, are safe for use in all environments including kindergartens. Consumers and parents alike can rest assured as this has been demonstrated through EU safety evaluations.

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DEHP plasticiser is registered for use under REACH http://www.plasticisers.org/media/1/81/DEHP-plasticiser-is-registered-for-use-under-REACH?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/1/81/DEHP-plasticiser-is-registered-for-use-under-REACH?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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Early REACH registration for general purpose PVC plasticiser DINP http://www.plasticisers.org/media/3/81/Early-REACH-registration-for-general-purpose-PVC-plasticiser-DINP?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/3/81/Early-REACH-registration-for-general-purpose-PVC-plasticiser-DINP?cntnt01language=en_GB The REACH DINP Consortium today announced the successful REACH registration of DINP*, well in advance of the 1 December 2010 deadline.

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PVC souple dans la construction : histoire d'un matériau complet http://www.plasticisers.org/media/40/81/PVC-souple-dans-la-construction-histoire-d-un-materiau-complet?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/40/81/PVC-souple-dans-la-construction-histoire-d-un-materiau-complet?cntnt01language=en_GB Depuis sa découverte accidentelle au 19e siècle et l'ajout, pour la première fois en 1926, de plastifiants permettant de l’assouplir, le PVC a été utilisé dans des millions de produits et d’applications de construction, tous plus essentiels les uns que les autres dans notre quotidien. La raison de son succès réside indubitablement dans ses très nombreuses propriétés, associées à un rapport coût/performance inégalé. (Source: Batiweb)

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Plasticisers industry discusses how to effectively communicate science information to all stakeholders http://www.plasticisers.org/media/41/81/Plasticisers-industry-discusses-how-to-effectively-communicate-science-information-to-all-stakeholders?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/41/81/Plasticisers-industry-discusses-how-to-effectively-communicate-science-information-to-all-stakeholders?cntnt01language=en_GB Over 80 international experts gathered on 4th and 5th December in Brussels at the annual “Plasticisers Conference 2012” organised by Crain Communications and European Plastics News in association with European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI).

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Australia confirms no health concerns for children exposed to high phthalate DINP http://www.plasticisers.org/media/39/81/Australia-confirms-no-health-concerns-for-children-exposed-to-high-phthalate-DINP?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/39/81/Australia-confirms-no-health-concerns-for-children-exposed-to-high-phthalate-DINP?cntnt01language=en_GB 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."

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ECPI’s statement following the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) meeting on 5-8 March http://www.plasticisers.org/media/42/81/ECPI-s-statement-following-the-Risk-Assessment-Committee-RAC-meeting-on-5-8-March?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/42/81/ECPI-s-statement-following-the-Risk-Assessment-Committee-RAC-meeting-on-5-8-March?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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ICCA Comments on WHO/UNEP Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Report http://www.plasticisers.org/media/44/81/ICCA-Comments-on-WHO-UNEP-Endocrine-Disrupting-Chemicals-Report?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/44/81/ICCA-Comments-on-WHO-UNEP-Endocrine-Disrupting-Chemicals-Report?cntnt01language=en_GB Several scientists this week published a report, under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), regarding the health effects of human exposure to certain chemicals. Titled “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals”, the report attempts to update the 2002 State of the Science report.

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Danish prohibition against four low phthalates postponed http://www.plasticisers.org/media/47/81/Danish-prohibition-against-four-low-phthalates-postponed?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/47/81/Danish-prohibition-against-four-low-phthalates-postponed?cntnt01language=en_GB ICCA president addresses UNEP/WHO endocrine disruption report in letter http://www.plasticisers.org/media/48/81/ICCA-president-addresses-UNEP-WHO-endocrine-disruption-report-in-letter?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/48/81/ICCA-president-addresses-UNEP-WHO-endocrine-disruption-report-in-letter?cntnt01language=en_GB
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New Statesman: Politicians must not elevate mere opinion over science http://www.plasticisers.org/media/51/81/New-Statesman-Politicians-must-not-elevate-mere-opinion-over-science?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/51/81/New-Statesman-Politicians-must-not-elevate-mere-opinion-over-science?cntnt01language=en_GB Brian Cox and Robin Ince explore the ‘revival’ of science, rational thinking and evidence-based policy-making arguing that it is not acceptable to see science as just one among many acceptable “views”.

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Post Tribune: First, the bad news http://www.plasticisers.org/media/52/81/Post-Tribune-First-the-bad-news?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/52/81/Post-Tribune-First-the-bad-news?cntnt01language=en_GB “We in the media rarely lie to you. But that leaves plenty of room to take things wildly out of context”. John Stossel talks about scare stories in the media but concludes that “despite all the chemicals — actually, because of them — we live longer than ever.”

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The New York Times: That Daily Shower Can Be a Killer http://www.plasticisers.org/media/53/81/The-New-York-Times-That-Daily-Shower-Can-Be-a-Killer?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/53/81/The-New-York-Times-That-Daily-Shower-Can-Be-a-Killer?cntnt01language=en_GB In this article, Jared Diamond looks at the perception of risk versus hazard and our attitude towards everyday ‘dangers’ in a humoristic and critical way.

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The Parliament Magazine ECR member Julie Girling calls for 'legal clarity' on EU chemicals legislation http://www.plasticisers.org/media/54/81/The-Parliament-Magazine-ECR-member-Julie-Girling-calls-for-legal-clarity-on-EU-chemicals-legislation?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/54/81/The-Parliament-Magazine-ECR-member-Julie-Girling-calls-for-legal-clarity-on-EU-chemicals-legislation?cntnt01language=en_GB Speaking at the Plasticisers Conference, the Member of the European Parliament, Julie Girling called for more "consistency" between different legislative proposals regulating plasticisers.

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Forbes: Anti-Chemical Alarmism Spreads to Your School -- Dora the Explorer Will Kill Your Kid! http://www.plasticisers.org/media/56/81/Forbes-Anti-Chemical-Alarmism-Spreads-to-Your-School----Dora-the-Explorer-Will-Kill-Your-Kid?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/56/81/Forbes-Anti-Chemical-Alarmism-Spreads-to-Your-School----Dora-the-Explorer-Will-Kill-Your-Kid?cntnt01language=en_GB British Plastics & Rubber News: Vinyl Special: A Positive View on PVC http://www.plasticisers.org/media/59/81/British-Plastics-Rubber-News-Vinyl-Special-A-Positive-View-on-PVC?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/59/81/British-Plastics-Rubber-News-Vinyl-Special-A-Positive-View-on-PVC?cntnt01language=en_GB European Plastics News: Global PVC market to hit $65bn by 2019 http://www.plasticisers.org/media/58/81/European-Plastics-News-Global-PVC-market-to-hit-65bn-by-2019?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/58/81/European-Plastics-News-Global-PVC-market-to-hit-65bn-by-2019?cntnt01language=en_GB The Guardian: Nine Ways Scientists Demonstrate they Don't Understand Journalism http://www.plasticisers.org/media/60/81/The-Guardian-Nine-Ways-Scientists-Demonstrate-they-Don-t-Understand-Journalism?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/60/81/The-Guardian-Nine-Ways-Scientists-Demonstrate-they-Don-t-Understand-Journalism?cntnt01language=en_GB ]]> UK Construction: PVC Flooring: A tried and tested veteran still ahead of the game http://www.plasticisers.org/media/71/81/UK-Construction-PVC-Flooring-A-tried-and-tested-veteran-still-ahead-of-the-game?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/71/81/UK-Construction-PVC-Flooring-A-tried-and-tested-veteran-still-ahead-of-the-game?cntnt01language=en_GB In an article on UK Construction, Maggie Saykali, Manager of ECPI, explains the evolution of flexible vinyl flooring throughout the years.

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ECPI’s statement following ECHA’s final report on high phthalates DINP and DIDP: Safe for use in all current consumer applications - no further restrictions needed http://www.plasticisers.org/media/73/81/ECPI-s-statement-following-ECHA-s-final-report-on-high-phthalates-DINP-and-DIDP-Safe-for-use-in-all-current-consumer-applications---no-further-restrictions-needed?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/73/81/ECPI-s-statement-following-ECHA-s-final-report-on-high-phthalates-DINP-and-DIDP-Safe-for-use-in-all-current-consumer-applications---no-further-restrictions-needed?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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European plasticisers market continues major shift towards high phthalates http://www.plasticisers.org/media/74/81/European-plasticisers-market-continues-major-shift-towards-high-phthalates?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/74/81/European-plasticisers-market-continues-major-shift-towards-high-phthalates?cntnt01language=en_GB There has been a major shift in the European plasticiser market from low to high molecular weight phthalates which today represent about 85% of the phthalates used in Europe. This is the result of scientific and regulatory development such as REACH and the increasing pressure to move away from classified low phthalates which are classified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and will be phased out by February 2015 unless an Authorization is granted for some specific uses.

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Can't Get Pregnant? Blame It On Plastics. http://www.plasticisers.org/media/86/81/Can-t-Get-Pregnant-Blame-It-On-Plastics?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/86/81/Can-t-Get-Pregnant-Blame-It-On-Plastics?cntnt01language=en_GB Jon Entine provides a critical view on a recent study on phthalates linked to miscarriage and infertility as part of negative news trend to misreport on complex science issues which are not aligned with the real facts.

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Strong PVC value-chain key to ensure bright future for plasticisers industry http://www.plasticisers.org/media/87/81/Strong-PVC-value-chain-key-to-ensure-bright-future-for-plasticisers-industry?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/87/81/Strong-PVC-value-chain-key-to-ensure-bright-future-for-plasticisers-industry?cntnt01language=en_GB The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) teamed up with Crain Communications and European Plastics News to organise a new edition of the Plasticisers Conference. Over 80 international experts gathered in Brussels for two days to discuss recent industry developments, ongoing regulatory challenges and the latest scientific data.

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Forbes: NRDC champions shoddy journalism on endocrine active chemicals http://www.plasticisers.org/media/75/81/Forbes-NRDC-champions-shoddy-journalism-on-endocrine-active-chemicals?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/75/81/Forbes-NRDC-champions-shoddy-journalism-on-endocrine-active-chemicals?cntnt01language=en_GB Jon Entine attempts to bring some common sense into science reporting following a story on the presence of certain chemicals in our bodies.

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The Guardian: Does the Royal College pregnancy report stand up? http://www.plasticisers.org/media/77/81/The-Guardian-Does-the-Royal-College-pregnancy-report-stand-up?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/77/81/The-Guardian-Does-the-Royal-College-pregnancy-report-stand-up?cntnt01language=en_GB The Guardian criticises a recent report on chemical exposure and pregnancy for being too alarmist and unhelpful.

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Nature blogs: The presence of a chemical is not the same as presence of risk http://www.plasticisers.org/media/76/81/Nature-blogs-The-presence-of-a-chemical-is-not-the-same-as-presence-of-risk?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/76/81/Nature-blogs-The-presence-of-a-chemical-is-not-the-same-as-presence-of-risk?cntnt01language=en_GB Dr. Schwarcz, chemistry professor and Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, takes a bold look to campaigns asking to "phase out potentially toxic products".

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BBC: Why everyone must understand science http://www.plasticisers.org/media/78/81/BBC-Why-everyone-must-understand-science?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/78/81/BBC-Why-everyone-must-understand-science?cntnt01language=en_GB A look at why it is important to understand science: “The less people know the more likely they are to be manipulated.”

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The Guardian: Why pregnant women are warned about everything http://www.plasticisers.org/media/83/81/The-Guardian-Why-pregnant-women-are-warned-about-everything?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/83/81/The-Guardian-Why-pregnant-women-are-warned-about-everything?cntnt01language=en_GB Following the publication of two new studies on BPA and phthalates presented at the  American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual conference, Zoe Williams criticises some media for scaremongering pregnant women based on poor quality scientific studies.

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Quo Vadis Phthalates? Road Ahead for High Phthalates http://www.plasticisers.org/media/85/81/Quo-Vadis-Phthalates-Road-Ahead-for-High-Phthalates?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/85/81/Quo-Vadis-Phthalates-Road-Ahead-for-High-Phthalates?cntnt01language=en_GB Stéphane Content, ECPI’s Manager, opinion piece on the evolution of the European plasticisers market in the last decade. He highlights how the industry continues to work on making sure that consumers, media, industry and policymakers understand the difference between high and low phthalates.

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High phthalates DINP and DIDP safe for use in all current consumer applications; European Commission concludes “absence of any further risks” http://www.plasticisers.org/media/88/81/High-phthalates-DINP-and-DIDP-safe-for-use-in-all-current-consumer-applications-European-Commission-concludes-absence-of-any-further-risks?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/88/81/High-phthalates-DINP-and-DIDP-safe-for-use-in-all-current-consumer-applications-European-Commission-concludes-absence-of-any-further-risks?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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DINP and DIDP are safe in all current consumer applications http://www.plasticisers.org/media/90/81/DINP-and-DIDP-are-safe-in-all-current-consumer-applications?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/90/81/DINP-and-DIDP-are-safe-in-all-current-consumer-applications?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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ECPI Statement on endocrine disrupting effects from phthalates, the Commission database on substances for further evaluation and the plans of the Swedish BASTA http://www.plasticisers.org/media/92/81/ECPI-Statement-on-endocrine-disrupting-effects-from-phthalates-the-Commission-database-on-substances-for-further-evaluation-and-the-plans-of-the-Swedish-BASTA?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/92/81/ECPI-Statement-on-endocrine-disrupting-effects-from-phthalates-the-Commission-database-on-substances-for-further-evaluation-and-the-plans-of-the-Swedish-BASTA?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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Do We Really Have to Worry About Shower Curtains Causing Weight Gain? http://www.plasticisers.org/media/93/81/Do-We-Really-Have-to-Worry-About-Shower-Curtains-Causing-Weight-Gain?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/93/81/Do-We-Really-Have-to-Worry-About-Shower-Curtains-Causing-Weight-Gain?cntnt01language=en_GB Geoffrey Kabat, Cancer Epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, explains on Forbes why scientific accuracy is extremely relevant when it comes to plasticisers in every day products.

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ECPI welcomes Denmark’s decision to withdraw ban on DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP http://www.plasticisers.org/media/94/81/ECPI-welcomes-Denmark-s-decision-to-withdraw-ban-on-DEHP-DBP-DIBP-and-BBP?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/94/81/ECPI-welcomes-Denmark-s-decision-to-withdraw-ban-on-DEHP-DBP-DIBP-and-BBP?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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ACC Challenges the Conclusions of the CPSC CHAP Report on Phthalates Based on a Flawed CPSC Process http://www.plasticisers.org/media/96/81/ACC-Challenges-the-Conclusions-of-the-CPSC-CHAP-Report-on-Phthalates-Based-on-a-Flawed-CPSC-Process?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/96/81/ACC-Challenges-the-Conclusions-of-the-CPSC-CHAP-Report-on-Phthalates-Based-on-a-Flawed-CPSC-Process?cntnt01language=en_GB Following the report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) on Phthalates on the 18 July, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) expressed its concerns about the unfollowed steps by CPSC to ensure the integrity of the independent review process.

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Loom bands and loom band charms – children’s safety is paramount http://www.plasticisers.org/media/97/81/Loom-bands-and-loom-band-charms-children-s-safety-is-paramount?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/97/81/Loom-bands-and-loom-band-charms-children-s-safety-is-paramount?cntnt01language=en_GB Flexible PVC used for flooring and other household items contributes to a healthy and hygienic indoor environment – no good evidence that phthalates contribute to the causation of asthma http://www.plasticisers.org/media/98/81/Flexible-PVC-used-for-flooring-and-other-household-items-contributes-to-a-healthy-and-hygienic-indoor-environment-no-good-evidence-that-phthalates-contribute-to-the-causation-of-asthma?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/98/81/Flexible-PVC-used-for-flooring-and-other-household-items-contributes-to-a-healthy-and-hygienic-indoor-environment-no-good-evidence-that-phthalates-contribute-to-the-causation-of-asthma?cntnt01language=en_GB Some European media have reported about the findings of a study by Whatt 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.

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.

Health of children and pregnant women is of paramount importance and the safety of plasticisers is the number one priority for the Plasticisers Industry represented by ECPI. REACH, the European regulation on chemicals, strictly regulates the safe use of plasticisers and phthalates in flexible PVC applications.

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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 http://www.plasticisers.org/media/100/81/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?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/100/81/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?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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No scientific basis for concluding that exposure to phthalates leads to reduced sexual interest in women http://www.plasticisers.org/media/102/81/No-scientific-basis-for-concluding-that-exposure-to-phthalates-leads-to-reduced-sexual-interest-in-women?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/102/81/No-scientific-basis-for-concluding-that-exposure-to-phthalates-leads-to-reduced-sexual-interest-in-women?cntnt01language=en_GB 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.

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Sesso e ftalati http://www.plasticisers.org/media/103/81/Sesso-e-ftalati?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/103/81/Sesso-e-ftalati?cntnt01language=en_GB Polimerica shares ECPI's review of the study by Dr. Emily Barrett on the potential effect of phthalates on women’s libido pointing out some of its scientific flaws and once again, reminding the public that associations does not mean causation.

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European media get a first - hand look at the flexible PVC value chain http://www.plasticisers.org/media/104/81/European-media-get-a-first---hand-look-at-the-flexible-PVC-value-chain?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/104/81/European-media-get-a-first---hand-look-at-the-flexible-PVC-value-chain?cntnt01language=en_GB Ravenna and Ferrara, 6-7 October: The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) organised in early October a second edition of its annual Media Field Trip, which this time took place in Italy. Journalists from specialised European trade media had the opportunity to learn about the work across the PVC value-chain by visiting Vulcaflex, a synthetic leather producer, and Vinyloop, specialised in composite recycling. The media trip was supported by the VinylPlus sustainability programme.

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No scientific basis for conclusions on DINP and reproductive health http://www.plasticisers.org/media/105/81/No-scientific-basis-for-conclusions-on-DINP-and-reproductive-health?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/105/81/No-scientific-basis-for-conclusions-on-DINP-and-reproductive-health?cntnt01language=en_GB

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.

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[i] Prenatal Phthalate Exposures and Anogenital Distance in Swedish Boys. Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Fredrik Carlstedt, Bo AG. Jonsson, Christian H. Lindh, Tina K. Jensen, Anna Bodin, Carin Jonsson, Staffan Janson and Shanna H. Swan. Environmental Health Perspectives. Advance Publication: 29 October 2014.

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Facciamo il punto su PVC e ftalati http://www.plasticisers.org/media/106/81/Facciamo-il-punto-su-PVC-e-ftalati?cntnt01language=en_GB http://www.plasticisers.org/media/106/81/Facciamo-il-punto-su-PVC-e-ftalati?cntnt01language=en_GB In a note sent to Polimerica Carlo Ciotti, President of PVC Forum Italia, makes the point of the situation about the safety of PVC and phthalates.

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