Broad-based assault on phthalates coming in the EU

Efforts are growing to ban phthalates from medical devices as part of a broad-based effort to improve and toughen medical device regulations in the European Union.

French authorities have already said that phthalates can no longer be used in pediatric medical devices effective July 1, 2015. Now Danish Health Minister Astrid Krag Kristensen says that phthalates should be eliminated as part of a sweeping overhaul of the EU medical devices regulations. Other medical plastics do not
seem to be directly affected.

"We in the Danish medical technology industry have come far regarding the phase-out of phthalates in our products, and we will among the European medical industry advocate for a European phase-out with a reasonable time frame," she said.

Phthalates, which are used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible, are believed to disrupt the endocrine system, according to several research reports...

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