EU REACH – EU Commission Publishes Draft Restriction on Substances in Clothing and other Textile Products

Vol. 1012 | February 07, 2018

The EU Commission published a draft regulation that will amend Annex XVII of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and introduce further chemical restrictions on the use of substances in apparel, footwear and other textile consumer products.

When it is implemented, the regulation will amend Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH with regards certain substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR), category 1A or 1B.

The scope of the regulation applies to:

  • clothing or related accessories
  • textiles other than clothing which, under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, come into contact with human skin to an extent similar to clothing
  • footwear

The proposed substances that are to be restricted and their respective limits are summarized below.

Summary of Proposed Restrictions

Substances

CAS No

Proposed Restriction

Cadmium and its compounds

-

≤ 1 mg/kg (extractable Cd metal)

Chromium VI compounds

-

≤ 1 mg/kg (extractable Cr VI)

Arsenic compounds

-

≤ 1 mg/kg (extractable As metal)

Lead and its compounds

-

≤ 1 mg/kg (extractable Pb metal)

Benzene

71-43-2

≤ 5 mg/kg

Benz[a]anthracene

56-55-3

≤ 1 mg/kg

Benz[e]acephenanthrylene

205-99-2

≤ 1 mg/kg

Benzo[a]pyrene;

Benzo[def]chrysene

50-32-8

≤ 1 mg/kg

Benzo[e]pyrene

192-97-2

≤ 1 mg/kg

Benzo[j]fluoranthene

205-82-3

≤ 1 mg/kg

Benzo[k]fluoranthene

207-08-9

≤ 1 mg/kg

Chrysene

218-01-9

≤ 1 mg/kg

Dibenz[a,h]anthracene

53-70-3

≤ 1 mg/kg

α,α,α,4-tetrachlorotoluene;

p-chlorobenzotrichloride

5216-25-1

≤ 1 mg/kg

α,α,α-trichlorotoluene; benzotrichloride

98-07-7

≤ 1 mg/kg

α-chlorotoluene; benzyl chloride

100-44-7

≤ 1 mg/kg

Formaldehyde

50-00-0

≤ 75 mg/kg

1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid; di-C 6-8-branched alkylesters, C 7-rich

71888-89-6

≤ 1000 mg/kg

(individually or in combination with other phthalates in this entry or in other entries of Annex XVII that are classified in Part 3 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 in any of the hazard classes carcinogenicity, germ cell mutagenicity or reproductive toxicity, category 1A or 1B)

Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate

117-82-8

Diisopentylphthalate

605-50-5

Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPP)

131-18-0

Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP)

84-75-3

N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone;

1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)

872-50-4

≤ 3000 mg/kg

N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC)

127-19-5

≤ 3000 mg/kg

N,N-dimethylformamide;

Dimethyl formamide

68-12-2

≤ 3000 mg/kg

1,4,5,8-tetraaminoanthraquinone;

C.I. Disperse Blue 1

2475-45-8

≤ 50 mg/kg

Benzenamine,4,4'-(4-iminocyclohexa-2,5- dienylidenemethylene)dianiline hydrochloride;

C.I. Basic Red 9

569-61-9

≤ 50 mg/kg

[4-[4,4'-bis(dimethylamino)benzhydrylidene]cyclohexa-2,5-dien-1-ylidene]dimethylammonium chloride;

C.I. Basic Violet 3 with ≥ 0,1 % of Michler's ketone (EC no. 202-027-5)

548-62-9

≤ 50 mg/kg

4-chloro-o-toluidinium chloride

3165-93-3

≤ 30 mg/kg

2-Naphthylammoniumacetate

553-00-4

≤ 30 mg/kg

4-methoxy-m-phenylene diammonium sulphate;

2,4-diaminoanisole sulphate

39156-41-7

≤ 30 mg/kg

2,4,5-trimethylaniline hydrochloride

21436-97-5

≤ 30 mg/kg

Quinoline

91-22-5

≤ 50 mg/kg

Links to the relevant notifications and draft legislations are provided below:

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tbt/en/

https://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2018/TBT/EEC/18_0628_00_e.pdf

https://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2018/TBT/EEC/18_0628_01_e.pdf

For additional information please contact: 

Mike Redshaw
Global Softlines
mike.redshaw@intertek.com
+44 (0)1942 265700

 

 

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