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European Union Amends Annex XVII Regarding Phthalates

July 19, 2016

European Commission (EC) has issued a proposal for restriction under Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).  

Restriction under Article 69(2) on four classified phthalates, Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), in articles. The compilation of the Annex XV dossier is carried out as a joint project between ECHA and the Danish CA. ECHA submitted the Annex XV restriction dossier on April 1, 2016, instead of in January, as indicated earlier. The extra time was needed to ensure the incorporation of the latest evidence regarding the risks and impacts arising from exposure to the four phthalates in articles.