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EU Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation restricted the sales and uses of a series of POPs in the market. Enterprises should pay attention to this regulation, since several requirements have just been effectively started.

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are highly toxic organic compounds. These chemical substances are transported across international boundaries far from their sources and persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food chain. They have negative impacts to both human health and the environment. In response to the protection of the environment, the European Community signed on the “Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants” on 22 May 2001.

POPs regulation (EC) No 850/2004 has been announced by European Commission on 2004. The use of POPs in EU market is strictly controlled. Recently, a number of amendments have been made as well as the transfer of restricted substances from REACH Annex XVII. A number of POPs, which are commonly used in industrial and consumable products, are now falling into the regulated area. Moreover, a number of regulated POPs are widely used in production of electronic and electrical products. This may cause a big impact to the industry. To ensure the safe and smooth import of products to EU market, enterprises shall be familiar with the requirement and control of the use of POPs during manufacturing process


Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) Substances: ≤ 10 mg/kg
Semi-finished products or articles:  < 0.1%
Textiles or coated materials: < 1 ug/m2
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • Coatings and Paints
  • Adhesives
  • Papers
Short Chain Chlorinate Paraffin (SCCP) Substances: < 1%
Inhibited to all product (starting from 10 Jan, 2013)
Exemption: Sealants used in dam and flame retardant used in rubber of transportation belt
  • Leathers
  • Flame Retardants
  • Plasticizers
Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD)
Inhibited to all product (starting from 10 Jan, 2013)
  • Solvents
  • Synthetic   Rubbers                   
Polychlorinated Naphthalenes (PCN) Inhibited to all product (starting from 10 Jan, 2013)
  • Capacitors
  • Additives
  • Cable Insulators
  • Preservatives
Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) Inhibited to all product
  • Dielectric and Coolant fluids
  • Insulating fluids
  • Plasticizers

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