EU Adopts Further Limits the Use of CMRs in Textiles

The EU Commission has published a draft modification of Annex XVII of REACH and defined new threshold values for 33 carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances used in clothing, textiles, and footwear. When concentrations of the substances exceed the thresholds, they cannot be marketed in the EU.

Sections 7, 8, and 9 of the draft specify products exempted from the regulation, such as natural leather products, carpets, and protective equipment. Annex XVII lists the new thresholds. The regulation takes effect 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The EU has issued a press release on the changes. Please see our blog entry: Textiles: New Restrictions on CMR Substances.

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