New European limit for PAHs

In a move to further improve consumer safety, the European Commission has recently finalised its first binding limit values for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in consumer products. The change will come into effect on 27 December 2015.

At DEKRA, our specialists are on hand to help manufacturers and importers of e.g. domestic components and household appliances to prepare for the regulation now by adjusting their production methods and realigning the supply chain as necessary.

PAHs are considered to be potentially carcinogenic. They show up as contamination in extender oils and carbon black, for example, and can often be found in plastic and rubber parts. In Europe, limit values have so far only been imposed for the awarding of a GS mark or are given as a trading recommendation. However, in a Europe-wide move to make consumer products safer, PAHs were recently officially added to Annex XVII of the REACH regulation which prohibits and limits specific substances in products throughout the EU.

This change will affect consumer goods with accessible plastic or rubber parts, such as sports equipment, domestic appliances, walking aids, tools for private use, clothing, shoes, armbands and headbands. The limit value for toys and products for babies and small children has been set lower than for other consumer goods.

Manufacturers of such products will be required to comply with the new limits as of 27 December 2015. At DEKRA, we offer accredited PAH analysis in our own laboratories in Halle, Stuttgart and Shanghai. Hence, we are able to provide manufacturers, importers and dealers with independent and recognised documentation of compliance with the relevant PAH limit values.

In addition to performing PAH analysis and a wide range of other tests for consumer goods, DEKRA can help you to prepare for this change. Our specialists are on hand to provide expert advice on the implications of the REACH regulation for your company’s production methods and supply chain, and to support you in making the necessary adjustments.

Please contact us for more information.

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