EU Approves Restrictions on 33 CMR in Textile and Footwear Products

The EU has introduced restrictions on the use of 33 CMR substances in clothing, textiles and footwear.
( | Press Release | 2018-06-08 00:07:48 )
The European Union (EU) has approved proposals to restrict the use of 33 carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CVMR) substances in clothing, textiles and footwear.

The substances and their specified concentrations are:
• Extractable Heavy Metals – 1 mg/kg (expressed as each metal)
o Cadmium and its compounds
o Chromium VI
o Arsenic
o Lead and its compounds
• Solvents / VOCs – 5mg/kg
o Benzene
• PAHs – 1 mg/kg (each)
o Benz[a]anthracene
o Benz[e]acephenanthrylene
o Benzo[a]pyrene
o Benzo[e]pyrene
o Benzo[j]fluoranthene
o Benzo[k]fluoranthene
o Chrysene
o Dibenz[a,h]anthracene
• Chlorotoluenes – 1 mg/kg (each)
o α,α,α,4-tetrachlorotoluene
o α,α,α-trichlorotoluene
o α-chlorotoluene
• Formaldehyde – 75 mg/kg
• Phthalates – 1000 mg/kg (each)
o 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid; di-C 6-8-branched alkylesters, C 7-rich (DIHP)
o Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate (DMEP)
o Diisopentylphthalate (DiPP)
o Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPP)
o Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP)
• Solvents / VOCs – 3000 mg/kg (each)
o N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone; 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)
o N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC)
o N,N-dimethylformamide; dimethyl formamide (DMF)
• Dyestuff – 50 mg/kg (each)
o C.I. Disperse Blue 1
o C.I. Basic Red 9
o C.I. Basic Violet 3 with ≥ 0,1 % of Michler's ketone
• Others
o 4-chloro-o-toluidinium chloride – 30 mg/kg
o 2-Naphthylammoniumacetate – 30 mg/kg
o 4-methoxy-m-phenylene diammonium sulphate; 2,4-diaminoanisole sulphate – 30 mg/kg
o 2,4,5-trimethylaniline hydrochloride – 30 mg/kg
o Quinoline – 50 mg/kg

The Member States approved the European Commission’s proposal on April 26, 2018 and the restrictions will come into effect, as a new entry to Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, 24 months after it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The Commission stated CMR substances may be present in clothing, textiles and footwear through their use in the production process – for example, shrinkage prevention, wrinkle resistance, etc. They represent a threat to consumers if they come into contact with the skin, are inhaled, or are unintentionally ingested through dust from the textile materials. It also noted, small children are also at risk through possible oral exposure.

Stakeholders are now advised to check their products comply with the latest EU requirements for textiles and footwear.

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Consumer and Retail — Softlines
US & Canada Softlines Business Head
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