DOA/DEHA on the CoRAP: What’s the status now?

DOA or DEHA (Dioctyl/Bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate) is a commonly used plasticizer and also applied in lubricants, glue, scotch-tape, and sealants. Because DOA is identified as potential alternative for phthalates, its use in plastics continues to increase in the EU, and this growth will be at an even faster pace after four phthalates (BBP, DEHP, DBP, DIBP) become subject to authorization in 2015.

DOA was first added to the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP*) list in 2013 with 2015 as the initial due year of evaluation which has been subsequently extended to 2017.

Ongoing, new studies on DOA are undertaken under REACH, e.g. a recently finished OECD 414 on rabbit demonstrates absence of developmental effects even in a second species. The existing and new scientific evidence on DOA shows the concerns behind the original nomination to be less critical, which likely is reflected in the change of prioritization of the CoRAP.

The consortium was also setting in motion all the things one could reasonably do to prepare for the beginning of the CoRAP. Together with the other registrants, we have drawn up preliminary plans on how to deal with the CORAP until its expected “hot phase” in 2017 on order to have the best possible scientific data available for the Finnish authorities.

Based on the available data we firmly believe that the final conclusions of the EU substance evaluation program will confirm the evaluation reached by the registrants today.

Dr. Günther Becker
Director, Product Stewardship und Quality Management, OXEA GmbH

*CoRAP is a list of chemicals that have been proposed by EU Member States for evaluation as to whether classification as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) is justified.

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