The European Commission issued on 9 August 2014 its first decision to authorise a specific use of plasticiser Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) during the diffusion bonding and manufacture of aero engine fan blades.
According to Decision 2014/C 260/10 the risk is adequately controlled in accordance with Article 60(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. Furthermore, there are no suitable alternatives at present and search for technically feasible alternatives is ongoing under a 5 to 10 year research programme. The authorisation is valid until February 21, 2022. Holder of the authorisation is Rolls-Royce plc in the United Kingdom.