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Perstorp plans to qualify phthalate alternative PVC plasticiser by 2016

Swedish chemicals developer Perstorp has outlined a schedule for securing regulatory approval for its PVC plasticiser Pevalen.

Pevalen is a polyol ester formulated from food-approved raw materials. It is already used as a substitute for phthalate plasticisers in vinyl flooring, textiles and fabrics.

The company reports Pevalen will be qualified for use in food contact films and other materials in 2016. Perstorp has detected a specific application in food contact applications as a replacement for dioctyl phthalate (DOP) – more commonly called di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).

DEHP’s use has been restricted in EU countries since 17 February, due to authorisation requirements issued by the European Chemicals Agency under the REACH Regulation 1907/2006. DEHP is still permitted for use in packaging for certain medicines under the EU law.