EU: Four Phthalates Now Require Authorization

On November 24, the EU published Regulation 2021/2045, which reflects a modification of the REACH Authorization List (Annex XIV of REACH).   

The Authorization List now contains the endocrine-disrupting properties of the following four phthalates: 

  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) 
  • Benzylbutylphthalate (BBP) 
  • Dibutylphthalate (DBP)  
  • Diisobutylphthalate (DIBP) 

The listing affects the future use of the four chemicals. Use of DEHP in food contact materials or in medical devices will also require authorization. The same requirement applies to the use of DEHP, BBP, and DBP in the packaging of medications.  

With this regulation, the EU aims to ensure that substances of very high concern (SVHC) such as the above-mentioned phthalates are replaced in the medium and long term. However, if their use is essential for a specific use, the company concerned can submit an application for authorization. This must be submitted by June 14, 2023.   

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