New Azo Dyes Methods Amended in Annex XVII of REACH

The European Union issued an amendment to REACH in the Official Journal on 14th February 2013.

The amendment is Commission Regulation (EU) No 126/2013 of 13 February 2013 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). 

The change amends some of the restrictions contained in Annex XVII of the regulation. Included is a change to the methods used for the restriction on azo colorants. The new European standard methods for determining the restricted azo colorants in textiles and leather have now been harmonized in Annex XVII.

The following methods are the official methods effective from after 6th March 2013:

EN ISO 17234-1:2010 Leather — Chemical tests for the determination of certain azo colorants in dyed leathers — Part 1: Determination of certain aromatic amines derived from azo colorants

EN ISO 17234-2:2011 Leather — Chemical tests for the determination of certain azo colorants in dyed leathers — Part 2: Determination of 4-aminoazobenzene

EN 14362-1:2012 Textiles — Methods for determination of certain aromatic amines derived from azo colorants — Part 1: Detection of the use of certain azo colorants accessible with and without extracting the fibres 

EN 14362-3:2012 Textiles — Methods for determination of certain aromatic amines derived from azo colorants — Part 3: Detection of the use of certain azo colorants, which may release 4-aminoazobenzene

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