Human exposure to phthalates in Germany: Current data on DPHP exposure (1999 to 2017) available online

Created at March 01, 2019

The results of the current analysis of the degradation products of the phthalate plasticizer DPHP in urine samples of the Environmental Specimen Bank have been published and can be searched.

The published data show low exposure of students towards di(2-propylheptyl) phthalate (DPHP). The rise in detection frequency up to the year 2012 correlates with the rise in DPHP consumption in the EU.

Because of the analytical complexity of the determination of  DPHP in urine, the BMU/VCI cooperation aiming at the advancement of human biomonitoring funded the development of a specific method for detecting DPHP metabolites. This method was already used for a first study on DPHP exposure in 2015.
The current study extends the Environmental Specimen Bank trend analysis to 2017.

Although the risk of consumer contact towards DPHP is considered low, the data suggests further monitoring of the exposure of the general population is required in the future.

The data of phthalate exposure can be searched. 

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