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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 18, 2011) - The American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Phthalate Esters Panel released the following statement today in response to the European Commission (EC) announcement. The EC announced that the use of three phthalates-DBP, BBP, and DEHP-will require authorization under the European REACH regulation after February 2015. The following statement can be attributed to Steve Risotto, Phthalate Esters Panel:

"There is a large body of scientific information and a number of government safety assessments in the U.S. and abroad that give the manufacturers of these three phthalates confidence that their products are being used safely. In fact, phthalates are one of the most extensively studied groups of chemical compounds in the world. 

"As previously indicated, manufacturers will work with European regulatory authorities to submit all the necessary data and seek approval for continued use of these substances in important medical and other applications beyond the 2015 authorization time frame. The European Chemicals Bureau has previously concluded that there is 'no need for risk reduction measures' in the current consumer applications of these three phthalates beyond those that are already being applied."

For more detailed information: Phthalate Manufacturers Expected to Seek REACH Authorization

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