The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) proposed inviting public consultation on classifying six chemical compounds as substances of very high concern (SVHC). Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to submit their comments on the proposed classifications, and the consultation period extends until October 16, 2023.

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): A Noteworthy Inclusion:

One of the substances under scrutiny is Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which held a place in the Candidate List since 2008. This inclusion was primarily due to its recognition as 'toxic for reproduction' and for possessing 'endocrine disruptive qualities for human health.' The current proposal seeks to augment the classification of DBP by introducing a new hazard category, specifically denoted as 'endocrine disrupting properties - environment.'

Expanding Risk Dimensions:

This novel categorization broadens the scope of potential risks associated with DBP. Beyond its initially identified reproductive toxicity and implications for human health, the proposal underscores the environmental ramifications of DBP, shedding light on its 'endocrine disrupting properties' concerning the environment.

Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to actively participate in the consultation process, providing valuable insights and feedback that will contribute to determining these substances' inclusion in the SVHC list.


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