Rolls-Royce ‘should be granted REACH authorisation’ to use DEHP

The European Chemicals Agency says Rolls-Royce should be authorised to use a banned chemical for an extra seven years

Rolls-Royce should be granted authorisation to continue using diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), according to two committees of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

The firm became the first to file an authorisation request under annex XIV of the EU REACH chemicals regulation last summer.

It asked for permission to continue using DEHP after 21 February 2015, when unauthorised use will be banned. DEHP is contained in Stopyt-62A, a mixture used by Rolls-Royce to make titanium aero-engine fan blades.

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