EU – REACH Annex XVII restriction of Phthalates

Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/2005[1] revised the Phthalates entry in REACH Annex XVII to cover most products. The restriction includes the four phthalates: DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP. There are some exclusions for certain products that are already subject to phthalate restrictions.

The regulation was published on December 18, 2018 with restrictions that start to come into effect on July 7, 2020.  An extended transition time is provided for motor vehicles and aircraft (until 2024). Exclusions with no time limit are also provided for measuring devices for laboratory use, medical devices, and packaging of medicinal products – details about the exclusions are provided in the regulation.

For products that are within the scope of the new restrictions, the concentration threshold for the sum of all four phthalates is 0.1% by weight of the plasticised material.

[1] REACH Annex XVII phthalate restriction,