COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (Sept. 5, 10 a.m. ET) — Denmark looks set to ban four grades of phthalates on grounds that they are endocrine disruptors. The move, to be introduced in the autumn, will see DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP proscribed.
The proposal is more advanced than European Union plans — the EU will not be looking at moves against some phthalates before next spring.
“The Danish environment ministry has enough documentation so we feel now is the time for action,” said the country's environment minister Ida Auken. “This is an area in the EU which is unregulated so I therefore think it's correct to do this.
“I simply do not want to expose Danish consumers to unnecessary health risks,” she added. “There is considerable evidence that these chemicals disrupt hormones in humans. Danish consumers should be able to safely buy dolls and swimming pools.”
The move, however, could see the European Commission take legal action as the ban could potentially violate the EU's Reach regulations.