Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) - ECHA Guidelines on Restrictions

The European Chemicals Agency has made available a guide on restrictive conditions relating to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), present in plastic and rubber parts of a wide range of consumer items, in particular, present as impurities in some raw materials used in the production of such articles (including diluting oils and carbon black).

As specified by the Regulation (EU) No. 1272 / 2013, articles containing PAH may not be placed on the market for sale to the general public if one of their rubber or plastic components comes into direct and prolonged or repeated and short-term contact with human skin or the oral cavity under conditions normal or reasonably foreseeable use, it contains more than 1 mg / kg (0,0001% of the weight of this component) of one of the listed PAHs.

These articles include, inter alia:

sports equipment, such as bicycles, golf clubs, rackets;

household utensils, trolleys, walkers;

household tools;

clothing, footwear, gloves and sportswear;

watch straps, bracelets, masks, hair bands.

The purpose of the guide is to help manufacturers, importers and distributors of articles, as well as the competent and control authorities of the Member States, to understand and fulfill their obligations under Regulation (EC) n.1907 / 2006 REACH.

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