Research conducted by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) shows:
a risk of reproductive toxicity for children up to and including 36 months of age who may extensively chew and suck (mouth) objects on a recurrent basis for substantial periods of time—in excess of 40 minutes per day
no risk to older children or to adults because they have less substantial mouth contact with plastic materials that contain DEHP
no safety concerns for people in any age group, including infants, if their skin comes into contact with products containing DEHP.
While studies in Australia and New Zealand show very few children's plastic products in these markets contain more than 1 per cent DEHP, this ban brings Australia into line with similar overseas regulations.