16 November 2017, The REACH-En-Force-4 (Ref-4) project, coordinated by the ECHA Enforcement Forum, looked at 14 restriction entries in REACH Annex XVII across 29 countries. The report revealed that almost a fifth of toys were non-compliant with EU restriction on phthalates.

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Among its most significant findings of non-compliance were:

  • 19.7% of 464 toy products, tested for the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP;
  • 14。1% of 86 brazing fillers, tested for cadmium;
  • 13。6% of 213 articles, tested for asbestos;
  • 13。3% of 467 leather articles, tested for chromium VI;
  • 12.1% of 1,124 jewellery items, tested for cadmium;
  • 39% of the items had no information of the origin.

The final public report will include other 8 entries and it is expected by the end of this year。

The details of restrictions examined were:

Restriction Entry in Annex XVII

Substance

Products tested

Non compliance rate

5

Benzene

Glues for consumers and professionals

0。8%

6         

Asbestos fibres

In articles

13.6%

23

Cadmium and its compounds

Plastic material/packaging and other articles, brazing fillers and jewellery

9。9% (brazing fillers 14。1%; jewellery 12。1%; plastic material/ packaging 5%)

27

Nickel and its compounds

Jewellery and metal parts (eg buttons, zippers)

8.1%

32

Chloroform

Glues for consumers and professionals

5.2%

43

Azocolourants and Azodyes

Textile and leather articles

1。1%

45

Diphenylether, octabromo derivative C12H2Br8O

Substances and mixtures and articles

0

47

Chromium VI compounds

Leather articles and cement

10.4%

48

Toluene

Adhesives and spray paints, intended for supply to the general public

3.7%

49

Trichlorobenzene

Substances and mixtures

0

50

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Articles for supply to the general public

7.8%

51, 52

Phthalates

Toys and childcare articles

14% for entry 51 (DEHP, DBP, BBP with 19.7% for toys) and 9.2% for entry 52 (DINP, DIDP, DNOP)

63

Lead and its compounds

Jewellery

6。7%

C&K Testing reminds enterprises to pay attention to the revised REACH Regulation and its enforcement projects, and strengthen the cooperation with professional organization to prevent the subsequent risk effectively.




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