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The Board for Technical Work Equipment and Consumer Products (AtAV) of Germany has made it mandatory for products to fulfill the requirement of the US Environmental Protection Agency on the 16 types of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) for GS certification from April 1, 2008.

Recently, the German Security Technology Certification Centre (ZLS) has approved the addition to 2 more PAHs to the existing list, extending the number of regulated PAH to a total of 18. In line with this extension of the regulated PAH list, a new version of the testing method ZEK01.2-08 will be released later by ZLS. There will be a six month transition period for which the total 18 PAH substances would become mandatory for GS Mark.

The Newly Added PAH Substances

NameCAS No.
Benzo[j]fluoranthene 205-82-3
Benzo[e]pyrene 192-97-2


German GS Mark Requirement 

ParameterCategory 1Category 2Category 3
Materials indented to be put in the mouth or materials of toys for children aged less than 3 Materials not covered by category 1, with foreseeable long-term skin contact (> 30 seconds) Materials not covered by category 1 or 2 with foreseeable short-term skin contact (up to 30 seconds)
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) (mg/kg) Not detectable (< 0.2) 1 20
Sum 18 PAH (EPA) (mg/kg) Not detectable (< 0.2) 10 200
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