EU recognises phthalates as human EDCs

The EU has identified four toxic phthalates as endocrine-disrupting chemicals with impacts on human health, with a view to restricting their use

The EU has identified four toxic phthalates as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with impacts on human health, with a view to restricting their use.

A qualified majority of EU countries backed on Thursday the European Commission’s proposal to classify DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for humans under the EU’s REACH Regulation. The synthetic chemicals are already listed in the Annex XIV of the chemicals regime on substances of very high concern given their reprotoxicity. Their use is restricted in products such as electronic products and toys.

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