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GS (Geprüfte Sicherheit) Mark, indicating the product is “safety tested”, is a highly recognized product marking in Germany. Under GS Mark, PAHs content is a mandatory test requirement. A total of 18 PAHs are restricted under GS Mark at present.

In August 2014, the German Committee on Product Safety (Ausschuss für Produktsicherheit, AfPS) updated specifications for PAHs under GS Mark. Each of product category 2 and 3 is now splitted into 2 sub-categories.

 The 2 sub-categories are

  • Toys as defined in Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) and
  • Other products according to the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)

The new PAHs requirement will be in effect on 1st July, 2015.

The new PAHs requirement is listed as below.

Substance Category 1 Category 2 Category 3

Materials intended to be placed in the mouth or toys with intended prolonged skin contact
(> 30 seconds)

(mg/kg)

Materials not falling under Category 1, with foreseeable skin contact longer than 30 seconds
(long term skin or frequent contact)
Materials not falling under Category 1 or 2, with foreseeable skin contact less than 30 seconds
(short-term skin contact)
Toys
(TSD)
(mg/kg)
Other products according to GPSD
(mg/kg)
Toys
(TSD)
(mg/kg)
Other products according to GPSD
(mg/kg)
Benzo[a]pyrene
Benzo[e]pyrene
Benzo[a]anthracene
Benzo[b]fluoranthene
Benzo[j]fluoranthene
Benzo[k]fluoranthene
Chrysene
Dibenzo[a,h]anthracene
Benzo[g,h,i]perylene
Ideno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
<0.2 each <0.2 each <0.5 each <0.5 each <1 each
Acenaphthylene
Acenaphthene
Anthracene
Fluorene
Fluoranthene
Phenanthrene
Pyren
<1 (sum) <5 (sum) <10 (sum) <20 (sum) <50 (sum)
Naphthalene <1 <2 <10
Sum of 18 PAHs <1 <5 <10 <20 <50

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Get a copy in PDF version: Germany GS Mark Tightens up on PAHS requirement (PDF 200 KB).