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EU Takes Second Look at Phthalates Rule for Medical Products

June 5, 2018, 9:29 PM

Johnson & Johnson Inc., BD Co., and other medical product manufacturers are among the companies that could be affected by revisions to European Union exemptions that allow them to use banned phthalates.

Phthalates are plasticizers used in polyvinyl chloride that make products such as intravenous tubes, catheters, and blood bags.

The European Chemicals Agency June 5 opened a call for information through Aug. 6 on the possible consequences for some companies of a tightening up of EU rules on four phthalates: bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). The chemicals...

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