EU Supports Proposal to Restrict Four Phthalates in Articles
SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 047/17
The RAC and SEAC support the proposed restriction of four phthalates in articles. The restriction could become effective in 2020/2021.
On March 21, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published ECHA/NA/17/05  announcing the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) were in support of a proposal  by the ECHA and Denmark to restrict four phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP and DIBP) in articles containing plasticized materials.
According to the Annex XV Restriction Report dated April 2016 , these articles mainly include:
Coated fabrics and paper
Office supplies and equipment
Recreational gear and equipment
Other articles molded from or coated with plastic
The proposal in this Annex XV Restriction Report contains a number of exemptions. Some of these include:
Articles covered by Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS Recast)
Food contact materials governed by Regulations (EC) 1935/2004 and (EU) 10/2011
Immediate packaging of medicinal products (Regulation (EC) 726/2004, Directives 2001/82/EC or 2001/83/EC)
Measuring devices for laboratory use
Medical devices (Directives 90/385/EEC, 93/42/EEC or 98/79/EC)
Toys and childcare articles governed by entry 51 to Annex XVII of REACH (BBP, DBP and DEHP)
The restriction will apply three years from the date of entry into force upon acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). This could be in 2020/2021.
Highlights of the conditions of the restriction proposed by SEAC  are summarized in Table 1. This proposal would amend entry 51 to Annex XVII of REACH by including DIBP in its scope and will include products falling under the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS Recast) in the list of exemptions.
|Conditions of the restriction proposed by SEAC
RAC and SEAC ‘Opinion on an Annex XV dossier proposing restrictions on four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP)’, ECHA,
Agreed, March 16 2017
(individually or sum)
|3 Years from date of entry into force
(Could be in 2020/2021)
Table 2: Definitions
|2||Benzyl butyl phthalate||BBP||85-68-7||201-622-7|
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