Vol. 1045 | 12 Oct 2018

The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2018/1513, which introduces a restriction on certain carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) substances in apparel, footwear and other textile consumer products.

The regulation amends Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as Entry 72.

The substances are classified as CMR, category 1A or 1B. The legislation has identified a total of 33 substances for restriction as they may be present in textile products or be used in their production.

The scope of the regulation is that it applies to:

  • clothing or related accessories,
  • textiles other than clothing that come into contact with human skin to a similar extent as clothing, (items such as bedding, sleep bags)
  • footwear

A link to the legislation is below that details all 58 substances. However, the classes of substances restricted are:

  • Metals
  • Azo dyes and other aryl amines
  • Carcinogenic dyestuffs
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene and Quinoline
  • Chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Phthalates
  • Solvents
  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)


The legislation has a transition period and will become effective for product placed onto the market after 1 November 2020.

For additional information please contact:

Mike Redshaw
+44 (0)1942 265700


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