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News from February 2019

Formaldehyde is used, among other things, in the production of wood materials, as a disinfectant in cleaning agents or as a component in adhesives and textiles. The substance is considered carcinogenic, mutagenic and can irritate the skin it comes into contact with due to its caustic effect. The European Chemicals Agency ECHA holds the view that the current restrictions for formaldehyde, which is released from consumer products, are not sufficient. In its “Restriction Report” on formaldehyde and formaldehyde separators, which was published on January 11, 2019, the ECHA therefore proposes a new legal provision.

As a result, it will be prohibited in the future to introduce articles to the market if the released formaldehyde exceeds a limit of 0.124 mg/m3. The release of formaldehyde will be measured in accordance with the standard EN 717-1. Articles, which fall under the new provision 2018/1513 for CMR substances in clothing, footwear and other textiles, shall be excluded. For these articles, a limit for the total concentration of formaldehyde in the amount of 300 mg/kg will take effect on November 1, 2020 and the limit will be further reduced to 75 mg/kg as of November 1, 2023. Articles where formaldehyde or formaldehyde separators are used as a biocide in accordance with Regulation 528/2012 will also not be affected.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or our customer competence center at the phone number +49(0)40 600202-777 or by e-mail.

In order to protect consumers as effectively as possible, the European Chemicals Agency ECHA regularly updates the list of candidates for substances of very high concern (SVHC). On January 15, 2019, six new substances were adopted – the list now contains 197 entries. The adoption in the candidate list leads to a duty to provide corresponding information within the supply chain. Consumers have an explicit right to be informed of the presence of SVHC in products. Manufacturers, suppliers and vendors must disclose whether a substance of very high concern is present in a concentration of over 0.1 percent in products.

The new candidate substances include four polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which can occur as a component or contaminant in other substances: Benzo[k]fluoranthene, fluoranthene, phenanthrene and pyrene. 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane and 1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2-on (3-benzylidencampher) are also affected. The substance 2,2-Bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane has not yet been registered under the REACh Regulation and may be used in the production of thermal paper. 3-benzylidencampher is used as a UV filter in sun cream and other cosmetics.

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Visually appealing, functional, low-maintenance, and skin-friendly – today, textile products are expected to meet a wide range of requirements. It is virtually impossible to achieve the desired characteristics without complex chemical and mechanical processes. After all, how do jeans get their blue color, outdoor jackets their water-repellent function, and curtains their shiny Paisley print? Individual refinement methods are highly complex and require the combination of different processes depending on the raw materials and articles in the individual stages of textile production. Fundamental basic knowledge of textiles is the requirement for realizing own ideas and developing an understanding of trends, innovations and sources of error – particularly with respect to ecological aspects.

In our two-day seminar “Dyeing, Printing, and Finishing – The Basics of Textile Refinement” on April 16 and 17, 2019 in Hamburg, you will be introduced to the different treatment processes used for designing textiles. Legal requirements relating to safety, health and environmental friendliness, which play an increasingly important role in production and marketing, will also be discussed.

Here you will find all the important information about content and conditions for participation (only in German). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by calling +49(0)40 600 202-330 or by sending an email.

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