PAH substances can be carcinogenic but are used in many consumer products. German institute estimates that it is possible to minimise the PAH content to below 0.2 mg/kg. The German BfR institute for risk assessment estimates that it is possible to minimise the PAH content in consumer products to below 0.2 mg/kg. Many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, are carcinogenic and safe dose levels cannot be derived for carcinogenic substance mixtures. PAHs are used in many consumer products with long-term or repeated skin contact. BfR estimates that it is technically feasible to minimise the PAH content to 0.2 below mg/kg in all common rubber materials, elastomers and plastics. Lowering the levels in plastic and rubber parts of products will further reduce consumers exposure to PAHs. The BfR evaluation has been reached in connection with their work on development of German criteria for the GS certification mark for product safety.
DHI Newsletter, 15 November 2019