Di(methoxyethyl) Phthalate (DMEP) Draft PEC Report For Public Comment

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Di(methoxyethyl) phthalate (DMEP, CAS No. 117-82-8) has been assessed as a priority existing chemical (PEC) under the Commonwealth Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (ICNA Act), as amended.

Under Section 60E of the Act, NICNAS has now released the draft public health risk assessment report. An electronic copy of the draft report is available online. Copies of the draft report can also be obtained by contacting NICNAS on 1800 638 528 (Freecall), fax 02 8577 8888 or via email.

Di(methoxyethyl) phthalate is a member of the group of chemicals commonly known as phthalates, used ubiquitously as solvents (which dissolve other substances) and plasticisers (which make other substances more pliable) worldwide. DMEP is not manufactured in Australia or imported as a raw material. It is introduced into Australia only in finished products or articles (as a plasticiser for toys).

While there is no current indication of cosmetic use of DMEP in Australia, based on its properties, functions and uses, it may be considered as a possible substitute for other phthalates of concern (such as DBP) in the future. Therefore, there is potential for exposure to DMEP, (which is currently low), to increase. Possible substitution of hazardous phthalates with DMEP should be prevented by imposing similar regulatory measures on all phthalates classified as toxic to reproduction (e.g. DBP and DEHP).

Based on the assessment findings, NICNAS is recommending that DMEP be considered for listing in Appendix C of the Poisons Standard (Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP)) to limit the potential exposure of the public, including young children, to DMEP from possible use in cosmetics.

A request for variation to the report may be made at this stage, using NICNAS Form 4a. Applications should clearly outline any amendment or change(s) requested. All applications for variation must identify the exact words, sentences or paragraphs in the report to be varied and then state replacement words, sentences or paragraphs. The rationale behind any request for variation must be clearly explained, with references where relevant.

The statutory 28-day deadline for variation requests to be submitted to NICNAS is close of business on 
29 April 2014. Please note that this statutory deadline cannot be extended.

If requested, NICNAS may hold public briefings on the findings of the report, preferably in the week commencing 14 April 2014. Locations and dates will be determined depending on the level of public interest. Please indicate your interest in attending the briefing and preference of city in the attached form by 7 April 2014.

Alternatively, if you would like to meet with NICNAS to discuss the findings and conclusions of the report, please advise us as soon as possible so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Should you have any queries regarding the processes involved in the public comment stage please contact Dr Trang Pham by phone 02 8577 8865 or by email .

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