Phthalates have established a very strong safety profile during the 50 years in which they have been in general use. There is no reliable evidence that any phthalate has ever caused a health problem for a human from its intended use. Despite this history of safe use, some issues have been raised about possible human health effects. These are based on results of studies that showed some adverse health effects in rodents, at much higher exposures than normally would be encountered by people.
The pages in this section discuss and address a number of scientific issues and the strong body of evidence that supports the continued safe use of phthalates in a wide variety of products and applications.
For those who want to know more, links are provided to more detailed discussions, government reports, industry filings with regulatory agencies, and other Web sites. Phthalate producers have invested significant resources, both human and financial, to researching the potential health and environmental effects of phthalates. Research studies conducted by the phthalate producers are listed in Research section of this site.