The safety concerns linked to the use of DEHP plasticizers, a manufactured chemical common in blood bags and PVC intravenous fluid sets, has been explored – and even questioned – by many in recent years.
ΤΙF has also been preoccupied for possible toxicity of multi-transfused patients with thalassaemia to DEHP, due to their prolonged exposure to this material mainly through blood transfusions, and has, therefore, issued a Position Statement on the use of DEHP.
The Federation’s Statement follows the publication of the guidelines prepared by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environment and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) in June 2019 and the consequent decision to gradually withdraw products made with this plasticizer from 2023, and replace it with alternative plasticizers.
Read TIF’s Position Statement on DEHP Plasticizers HERE
Read the EU SCHEER Committee Guidelines on Phthalates in Medical Devices HERE