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Diethylhexyl phthalate

1. What are the properties of diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP)?

    DEHP is a colourless oily liquid that is soluble in fat and not very soluble in water. It is not very volatile so does not vaporise readily into the atmosphere.

    Under the European Union classification system that applies to labelling of chemicals in commerce it is classified for human health as “toxic to reproduction” (may impair fertility, may cause harm to the unborn child).

    di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

    The acronym DEHP refers to di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, which is also referred to as “bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate”. It is an isomer (a specific chemical form) of “dioctyl phthalate”. More...

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