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On 7 December 2013, COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1272/2013 was published to expand the scope of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) restriction under Entry 50 of Annex XVII in REACH. The scope has been expanded from extender oil in the manufacture of tyres to numerous consumer goods. Electrical and electronic products and other daily consumer goods will be subject to the new requirements (specific requirements are shown in Table 1).

PAHs are classified as carcinogens. They may be present in petroleum products, rubber, plastics, lubricants, anti-rusting oil and incomplete combustion product of organic compounds. They may also be found in the plastic and rubber parts of electrical and electronic products as residue from the manufacturing process.

Taking into account the hazards of PAHs and the possibility of their presence in consumer products, the voluntary German GS Mark certification controls the presence of PAHs in products. The expansion of PAHs restriction scope in REACH imposes more stringent requirements on products to be exported to the EU.

As the world’s leading third-party testing company, SGS offers testing services on PAHs according to your business needs, which in turn reduces the risk on trading.

Table 1: The new requirements of PAHs under Entry 50 of Annex XVII to REACH

PAH (Acronym)
[CAS No.]
scoperequirement (each pah)enforcement date
  1. Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) [50-32-8]
  2. Benzo[e]pyrene (BeP) [192-97-2]
  3. Benzo[a]anthracene (BaA) [56-55-3]
  4. Chrysen (CHR) [218-01-9]
  5. Benzo[b]fluoranthene (BbFA) [205-99-2]
  6. Benzo[j]fluoranthene (BjFA) [205-82-3]
  7. Benzo[k]fluoranthene (BkFA) [207-08-9]
  8. Dibenzo[a,h]anthracene (DBAhA) [53-70-3]
  • Rubber or plastic components in articles that come into direct as well as prolonged or short-term repetitive contact with the human skin or the oral cavity. Such articles include amongst others:
  • Clothing, footwear,gloves and sportswear
  • House-hold utensils, trolleys, walking frames
  • Sport equipment such as bicycles, golf clubs, racquets
  • Watch-straps, wrist-bands, masks, head-bands
≤ 1 mg/kg 27 December 2015
  • Childcare articles
  • Toys, including activity toys
≤ 0.5 mg/kg
  • Exemption
    Articles placed on the market for the first time before enforcement date

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