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Public consultation on the first Application for Authorisation for Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

ECHA/NA/13/28

ECHA is now inviting interested parties to submit relevant information on alternatives for the use of a substance subject to authorisation and for which an application for authorisation has been received.

Helsinki, 14 August 2013 – ECHA has received the first application for authorisation under the REACH Regulation. The application, made by Rolls-Royce plc., concerns the substance Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). The use applied for is the processing of a stop-off formulation containing DEHP during the diffusion bonding and manufacture of aero engine fan blades.

Interested parties can submit relevant information on alternatives via the web form on ECHA's website. For an efficient and transparent process, submitted comments will be posted on ECHA's website on a regular basis, unless the information needs to be treated as confidential. If the applicant provides a response to the comments, the response will also be published on ECHA's website.

All the information on alternatives submitted during the public consultation will be reviewed and considered by the ECHA Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC). Based on the final opinions of the two committees, the European Commission will take a decision as to whether to grant the applicant an authorisation for the use applied for, or not.

ECHA's website contains further information on the use mentioned above. This includes the description of the function of the substance, the exposure scenario, possible alternatives identified by the applicant, together with socio-economic and other background information.

The eight-week public consultation closes on 9 October 2013, but contributions are welcome as soon as possible.