The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) rejected Denmark’s proposal to classify diisodecyl phthalate (DINP) as a Class 1B renewable toxic substance. On the contrary, RAC agrees to implement "non-classification" of renewable hazardous end products.
This news will give the industry a sigh of relief. Previously during the public consultation, the industry had strongly opposed the proposal of the Danish General Classification and Labelling (LCH).
The Danish CLP file shows that DINP and some other o-phthalates that have been classified as Class 1B renewable toxic substances have similar mechanisms of action, such as DEHP, DBP and DIBP.
DINP can be added to PVC to make it flexible, in addition to other polymer applications. This chemical has largely replaced the use of smaller molecular substances such as DEHP. According to the European trade in plasticizers, high molecular weight plasticizers, including DINP, already account for about 60% of the European market.
Considering that children may put DINP into their mouths, the use of DINP in toys and children's products is subject to the EU REACH (Regulations on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals).
During the February 27th to March 9th meeting, RAC gave the archivist and the industry an opportunity to speak directly to the conference drafter.