3/17/2014

European Commission: High phthalates DINP and DIDP safe for use in all current consumer applications

On 31 January 2014, the European Commission has published its conclusions regarding the re-evaluation of the restrictions on DINP and DIDP in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth. The Commission is fully aligned with the main conclusions presented in August last year by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which in September 2009 was asked to review any newly available scientific information on these two high phthalates.

Based on ECHA’s assessment, the Commission has concluded that “no unacceptable risk has been characterised for the uses of DINP and DIDP in articles other than toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth”. The Commission therefore concluded that the existing restriction of DINP and DIDP in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth should be maintained (the precautionary restriction has been in place since 2005). The Commission further concluded that “in the light of the absence of any further risks from the uses of DINP and DIDP, the evaluation of potential substitutes has been less pertinent”. DINP and DIDP are therefore safe for use in all current consumer applications.

Please find more information in the press release of the ECPI (The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates).

The Commission's conclusions (January 2014)

ECHA's final report (August 2013)