On January 3, 2022, as part of the implementation of the French AGEC law, the Ministry of Ecological Transition launched a public call for the draft Decree “Prohibition of the use of mineral oils in packaging and printed matter” .
The draft proposes specific restrictions on mineral oils.
The comment period closed on January 25, 2022. The draft proposes specific restrictions on mineral oils.
Prohibited mineral oils include:
(*) Mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons MOAH containing 1 to 7 aromatic rings
(*) Mineral oil saturated hydrocarbon MOSH containing 16 to 35 carbon atoms
Concentration in ink:
(*) MOAH (containing 1 to 7 aromatic rings): ≤0.1%, since January 1, 2025, MOAH (containing 3 to 7 aromatic rings) ≤1 ppb
(*) MOSH (C16~C35): ≤1%, after January 1, 2025, it will be reduced to ≤0.1%
(*) For packaging and printed matter manufactured or imported before 1/1/2023, a period of not more than 12 months will be given to dispose of the stock.
(*) In response to the enhanced requirements after 1/1/2025, packaging and printed matter manufactured or imported before this date will also be given a period of not more than 12 months to dispose of stock if they comply with the provisions of the previous authorization.
This draft is expected to take effect from Jan 1st, 2023.