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No. 21/ 2009 The European Chemicals Agency recommends that seven chemical substances of very high concern should not be used without specific authorization. Three of the recommended substances are classified as toxic to reproduction, one as carcinogenic and three fulfill the criteria for being persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB). They are all used in products to which consumers and workers are exposed.
The Recommended Substances: Musk xylene (vPvB). A fragrance enhancer which is used for example in detergents, fabric softeners and fabric conditioners;

4,4`-diaminodiphenylmethane - MDA (carcinogenic). A hardener which is used for example in epoxy resins and adhesives;

Short chained chlorinated paraffins - SCCPs (PBT and vPvB). A substance mostly used as flame retardant and/or plasticizer in various applications such as high performance rubber, sealants, paints or textile coating;

Hexabromocyclododecane - HBCDD (PBT). A flame retardant which is used for example in polystyrene, which is then further processed for the production of insulation panels/boards or packaging products, and in textile applications;

Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate - DEHP (Toxic for reproduction). A plasticizer which is used in a wide range of PVC and other polymers applications, such as for example flooring, roofing, coated fabrics, medical devices or primary packaging of medicinal products, as well as in various preparations such as for example sealants, adhesives and inks;

Benzylbutylphthalate - BBP (Toxic for reproduction). A plasticizer which is used for example in polymer products, and in particular in PVC for flooring applications, in textile and leather coating, as well as in various other preparations such as sealants, coating and inks or adhesives;

Dibutylphthalate - DBP (Toxic for reproduction). A specialist plasticizer which is used in particular in various polymer (PVC/non-PVC) applications (such as floor covering or primary packaging of medicinal products), and as a component of various preparations such as adhesives or paints.
Information Source 2ECHA/PR/09/07 (PDF 75.9 KB)
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