Last reviewed 19 January 2022

The European Commission has added endocrine disrupting properties to four phthalates on Authorisation List.

The items are:

  • bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) – for human health and the environment

  • benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) – for human health

  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – for human health

  • diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) – for human health.

ECHA explains that “the four phthalates were originally added to the list in 2011 and 2012 as they are toxic to reproduction. Following the Authorisation List amendments, some previously exempted uses will now require authorisation.”

The authorisation list can be found in full on the ECHA website.