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WECF and other organisations ask European Commission to reject authorization of hazardous DEHP in PVC plastic

WECF and 54 other European and International civil society organisations have sent a letter to the EC

25.11.2014 |



WECF and 54 other European and International civil society organisations have sent a letter to the European Commission asking to reject the authorization of hazardous DEHP in PVC plastic.

The organisations give 7 reasons for their request:
  1. By granting authorisation for the use of DEHP in a wide range of PVC products and in recycled PVC plastic, the Commission will fail the main objective of REACH    
  2. DEHP is highly toxic and hormonally active
  3. DEHP is widely used such that there is ongoing exposure
  4. Alternatives to DEHP are widely available
  5. The applicants did not fulfil the conditions necessary for granting an authorization
  6. ECHA’s opinion to allow the ongoing use of DEHP in a wide range of PVC plastic products is the result of a secretive and procedurally flawed process
  7. ECHA’s Socio Economic Assessment Committee (SEAC) rubber stamps ‘business as usual’ over innovation and safer products
The organisations state in their letter: “The Commission needs to support the goals of REACH; the Commission is accountable to the European public for protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals, whilst promoting innovation including safer chemicals and products to ensure a resilient economy”.

The full letter can be read here.

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