The European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) is consulting on requests under the EU’s chemical regime, REACH, to use the phthalates DEHP and DBP. DEHP and DBP are listed in the “Authorisation” Annex XIV of REACH, which means that companies wanting to sell or use them beyond 2015 must make an application for authorisation. ECHA received 7 applications for the use of these two phthalates, including for the manufacture of a variety of PVC products, electrical components, and explosive propellants for ammunition and aircraft ejection. In the context of the consultation, it is asking for information on potential substitutes. The consultation runs until 8 January. Submissions received will be considered by ECHA’s expert committees, whose views will then be passed to the European Commission for a final decision on the applications for authorisation.

The consultation can be accessed here: http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/addressing-chemicals-of-concern/authorisation/applications-for-authorisation