Restriction proposal prepared under simplified restriction procedure for 33 CMRs in clothing, textiles and footwear

A draft regulation has been published to limit exposure to 33 chemicals that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) category 1A and 1B by restricting their placing on the market in clothing, textiles and footwear. Under Article 68(2) of REACH, a simplified procedure (initiated by the European Commission) is possible to restrict substances classified as CMR category 1A and 1B, on their own, in mixtures or in articles that could be used by consumers. The simplified procedure does not include some of the formal steps required to initiate a restriction under the standard procedure, such as the preparation of a restriction dossier. The substances targeted by the restriction proposal are found in products that consumers can be exposed to through direct and prolonged skin contact, inhalation, or unintentional ingestion of textile fibre dust. These include clothing and related accessories, footwear, and textiles other than clothing that touch the skin. Each of the substances has different properties and they are used in different processes in the textile and footwear industries; as a result, maximum concentration limits have been specified for individual substances or groups of substances. The restriction covers CMR category 1A and 1B substances from the following substance groups:

  • cadmium, chromium, arsenic and lead compounds
  • benzene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons
  • formaldehyde
  • phthalates
  • polar aprotic solvents
  • azo-dyes and arylamines
  • quinoline

Yorda’s Hive, 6 June 2018 ;

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