Phthalates Proposed to be Added to Annex XVII of REACH

Published 31st May 2018

In March 2018, a draft regulation was circulated by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), proposing an amendment to entry 51 under Annex XVII of REACH, concerning the restriction of phthalates, due to be adopted in the latter half of 2018 for toys and childcare articles.

The proposed changes to entry 51 under Annex XVII of REACH include:

  • Expanding the current scope of phthalates to cover DEHP, DBP, BBP and DIBP (DIBP is currently not listed)
  • Expanding the scope of articles from toys and childcare articles only, to plasticized parts of all articles
  • The 0.1% limit to apply to all phthalates individually and as a combination

The provision to restrict the four phthalates in articles other than toys and childcare articles will become effective 18 months after the date of entry into force, likely to be early 2020.

What are phthalates?

Phthalates are high production volume chemicals used primarily as plasticizers in polyvinylchloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU) products. Whilst there are multiple phthalates, all of them are used to make plastic more soft and flexible.

Phthalates are heavily regulated globally, due to a number of them being known or suspected endocrine disrupters.

Phthalates are most likely to be present across a variety of products, including clothing and apparel, footwear, upholstery, and children’s toys, making it vitally important that your business can provide proof of REACH compliance through testing.

How to comply with REACH 

At BLC, we can test your products for compliance with REACH regulation through the follow chemical testing packages:

  • REACH SVHC testing and screening service – testing for the presence of substances included in the latest published SVHC list
  • Annex XVII testing for legal compliance – applicable to articles sold and manufactured within Europe
  • Smart testing service for REACH – saving your business significant costs by testing like materials as composite

View BLC REACH Testing Services

Global Restrictions on Phthalates

Phthalates are restricted not only in Europe, but are also prohibited under various global legislation such as CPSIA and California Proposition 65, of which we can provide chemical testing to ensure your products are compliant.

Contact BLC Today to Discuss Phthalates in Your Products

If you need technical advice on chemical compliance for phthalates in products and materials, contact a chemical testing expert at BLC today on +44 (0)1604 679 999 or email info@chem-map.com.

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