On 7 December 2013, Regulation (EU) No 1272/2013 amending the restriction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) under REACH Annex XVII entry 50 was published. The requirements are the same as the draft legal text that we reported earlier in E-ssentials Vol. 75. The new restriction allows around 2 years for transition period and it will apply from 27 December 2015. Articles that are placed on the EU market for the first time before that date are exempted.
The original PAH restriction under Annex XVII entry 50 applies to extender oils for the production of tyres only. With the amendment, the current scope expands to include consumer products with rubber and plastic materials components that come into direct and prolonged or short-term repetitive contact with the human skin or oral cavity under normal and foreseeable conditions of use. Table A shows the details of new PAH restriction under entry 50.
Table A. New restrictions on PAH in plastic and rubber materials under REACH Annex XVII entry 50
Toy and child care articles
Articles within the scope except for toys and child care articles
≤ 0.5 mg/kg (0.00005% by weight of the component) of any of the listed PAHs
≤ 1 mg/kg (0.0001% by weight of the component) of any of the listed PAHs