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EU: REACH Get Ready with PFOA and Phthalates Restriction in July

JUNE 2020 – RELEVANT FOR: ELECTRICALS AND ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

The EU REACH Restriction amendments on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and phthalates will soon apply from 4 July and after 7 July 2020. They are listed on entry 68 and 51 respectively. The scope of restrictions covers so extensively, and many consumer products may be regulated. 

The key highlights of both restrictions are now summarised in Table A. More details e.g. exemption can be reference to our TÜV SÜD E-ssentials newsletters1,2

Table A. Quick highlight of PFOA and Phthalates restriction

Parameters  PFOA, its salts and 
PFOA related substances
Phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP) 
 Scope Substances, mixtures and articles  Plasticised materials used in
   A) Toys and child care articles 
   B) Articles
      • Used in indoor environment or 
      • Used in the open air which come into contact with human mucous membranes or prolonged contact with human skin
 Uses of substances  Diversified applications, such as special finishing to textiles and paper to give water, grease, oil and/or dirt repellence, as surfactants in fire-fighting foams, used in electronic devices Used as plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane. It may be found in soft plastic e.g. products for flooring, wallpapers, cables, foil and plastic-coated fabrics.
 Limit  A) Substances: Not used (Not detected)
B) As constituents of other substances, as a component of mixtures, articles:
    • PFOA or its salts: < 25 ppb;
    • One or a combination of PFOA-related substances: < 1000 ppb
DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP (individually or in any combination): < 0.1% by weight of the plasticised material 
 Date of application  From 4 July 2020 
(excluding specific exemption)
 After 7 July 2020

 

Abbreviation:

DEHP: bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
DBP: dibutyl phthalate
BBP: benzyl butyl phthalate
DIBP: diisobutyl phthalate

 

[1]  PFOA - TÜV SÜD E-ssentials (June 2017)

[2]  Phthalates – TUV SUD E-ssentials (December 2018)

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