European Customers Asking for Phthalate-Free? SPI Provides Guidance in Medical Devices

August 7, 2012

SPI's Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Applications Committee (PMDAC) gathered processors and material suppliers together last month to discuss requests coming from European customers for phthalate-free devices and components. The committee met with a group of legal and regulatory experts from Venable LLP to: evaluate  "DEHP-free" and "phthalate-free claims; review existing precedence related to chemicals in toys and other products and discuss marketing guidance on products where phthalates are not intentionally added. The committee is now working on documenting professional guidance provided at this initial meeting and will solicit input from SPI members with experience in this area. By compiling this information, PMDAC plans to produce a useful document for members dealing with this or similar issues.

If you are interested in participating in PMDAC or more specifically in this document review, please contact SPI Staff

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