Phthalates are a family of chemicals used mainly as a plasticiser. Over the years, it has become more of a subject of scrutiny due to its toxicity to health – research found that phthalates could damage liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system.
Regulations are being updated and imposed on phthalates-based compounds as recent as March 2018. The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a proposal from the European Union (EU) to expand the number of restricted phthalates to four types under entry 51 to Annex XVII of REACH.
The following phthalates that have been banned are:
Businesses that revolves around exporting finish products to the European region are advised to comply with the latest requirements for REACH for the EU market.
Manufacturers and R&D chemists are looking toward a phthalate-free plasticizer as a substitute in their existing formulations to comply with current laws as to future-proof themselves in the event that other phthalate-based plasticizers are banned. There is a chance that it may happen in the near future. This alternate source has to be readily available, easily replaced phthalate plasticizers and of course afforadable.
Currently, one such material that is available and supplied by Duro Kimia Sdn. Bhd. is the Acetyl Tributyl Citrate (ATBC).