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CHE: Phthalates and Proposed REACH Regulations Monday, March 12th 1 PM EST
March 8, 2012, 11:28 am
Filed under: News

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. They are used in hundreds of consumer products, such as toys, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, food packaging, and cosmetics. Some types of phthalates have been associated with reproductive harm in animal and epidemiological studies. Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in the Twelfth Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program. The US EPA developed a proposed rule in 2010 to add phthalates to a Chemicals of Concern List under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The European Union has four phthalates, (DIBP, DBP, BBP, and DEHP) under consideration for restriction from consumer products. A public commentary period is currently open under the European Community Regulation of chemicals–known as the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. This call on Monday March 12 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern will feature Dr. Shanna Swan from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Sarah Janssen from the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Dr. Lisette van Vliet from the Health and Environmental Alliance. Dr. Swan will give a summary of the state of the evidence on phthalates, Dr. Janssen will discuss US regulatory reviews of phthalates, and Dr. van Vliet will provide insight into the REACH regulatory process and scope of the proposed restrictions.

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