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Denmark published guidance on avoiding phthalates by Nick Boley
January 23, 2014, 15:39
Filed under: chemicals | Tags: , , ,

Having decided to introduce legislation ban products containing phthalates in their country. the Danish Government have now published a comprehensive and informative guidance document for Danish industrial companies.

The guidance document gives advice on how to specify products which are phthalate free, how to select suppliers who may be able and willing to supply such materials, as well as giving a good deal of background on the REACH and CLP designations of phthalates. There a number of phthalates on the REACH candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs); these will eventually be subject to restriction across the EU, but Denmark wish to get ahead of the game on this one. One excellent piece of advice contained in the guide is that if a company wants to check whether a product is phthalate free, then testing by an accredited laboratory will provide evidence of this.

Phthalates are used in many products across a wide range of sectors. One common use is as a plasticiser, so many products made of , or containing, plastic could potentially contain phthalates. The guidance document is useful for any organisation wishing to remove phthalates from their supply chain, whether in Denmark or elsewhere in the EU.

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