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PRIORITY EXISTING CHEMICALS – RELEASE OF DRAFT REPORT ON DIISODECYL PHTHALATE AND DI-N-OCTYL PHTHALATE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

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Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP, CAS Nos. 68515-49-1 and 26767-40-0) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP, CAS No. 117-84-0) have been assessed as Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs) 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 by email to imap@nicnas.gov.au.

The chemicals DIDP and DnOP are members of the group of chemicals commonly known as phthalates, used ubiquitously as plasticisers (which make other substances more pliable) worldwide. These chemicals are not manufactured in Australia or imported as a raw material. The chemicals are introduced into Australia only in finished products or articles (as a plasticiser for toys).

The report focuses on assessment of risks for the public associated with potential exposure to DIDP and DnOP through the use of children's toys and child care articles. The findings of this assessment do not indicate a need for any additional recommendations to the existing controls in place for the use of DIDP and DnOP in toys and child care articles. However, under section 64 of the ICNA Act, NICNAS has made provision for a secondary notification assessment in specified circumstances should it be warranted.

A request for variation to the report may be made at this stage, by completing the NICNAS Form 4a. Applications should clearly outline any amendment(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 for any request to vary the report must be clearly explained, with supporting evidence and references where relevant.

The statutory 28-day deadline for variation requests to be submitted to NICNAS is close of business on 31 March 2015. Please note that this statutory deadline cannot be extended.

If requested, NICNAS may hold public briefings on the findings of the report, preferably from 23–25 March 2015. Locations and dates will be determined depending on the level of public interest. Please indicate your interest in attending the briefing by completing the confirmation of attendance form and returning it to NICNAS by 13 March 2015.

Alternatively, if you would like to meet with NICNAS staff to discuss the findings 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 process involved in the public comment stage please contact Lorma Gutierrez by phone 02 8577 8863 or by email to imap@nicnas.gov.au.

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