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News from April 2018

Consumers come into contact with chemicals in many areas of everyday life. In order to provide relevant information about the benefits and risks of using chemicals, the European Chemicals Agency ECHA launched the website “Chemicals in Our Life” in March 2018. The online content can be accessed in 23 EU languages. In addition to current topics such as tattoo dyes, glyphosphate and nanomaterials, interested members of the public will, for example, also find information about chemicals in clothing, textiles and plastic products. In the category “Hints and Tips”, consumers are also expressly advised of their right to information regarding substances of very high concern (SVHC) in accordance with the REACh Regulation. The right to ask suppliers questions applies to consumer goods such as textiles, furniture, shoes, sports equipment, toys and electronics.

The new consumer portal once again shows how important it is for responsible companies to receive relevant information from their suppliers – and, in case of doubt, to be proactive and have their products tested. In cooperation with independent providers of test services such as Hermes Hansecontrol, manufacturers, vendors and distributors can minimize their liability risks and prevent financial losses brought about, for example, by a product recall.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in sales department or our order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) refer to chemical compounds that do not readily degrade in the environment. The regulation (EC) no. 850/2004 (POP regulation) implemented the obligations resulting out of the Stockholm Convention restricting the production, use and release of POPs. The decision regarding the Convention of 1979 on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution by POPs was also accounted for.

The POP regulation has been significantly revised a number of times in recent years. This is accompanied by the fact that the parties to the Stockholm Convention also passed far-reaching changes to the annexes at their conference in 2015. This also requires updates to the annexes of the POP regulation. To create clarity with respect to the numerous changes, an entirely new version of the regulation is being endeavored. At the end of March 2018, the EU Commission submitted a revised proposal.

For companies in the consumer goods industry, a new entry in Annex I of the POP regulation concerning the chlorinated hydrocarbon pentachlorphenol, its salts and esters is of particular relevance. To date, pentachlorphenol, which is used among other things in wood preservatives, is only restricted as a substance and in mixtures at the EU level. Only national requirements such as the German Chemical Prohibition Order currently apply to products. The revision will restrict pentachlorphenol EU-wide in consumer products for the first time.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in sales department or our order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

Phthalates are ever-present as plasticizers in plastic materials, cosmetics, medication or toys. They can, for example, be absorbed through food and by inhaling air and dust indoors or also enter the bloodstream directly via the skin. In order to rule out risks to human health, the use of phthalates shall be further restricted. Under the notification number G/TBT/N/EU/564, the EU Commission has published a corresponding draft amending the REACh chemicals regulation.

It contains new regulatory content for the phthalates Bis(2-ethyl hexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), which are classified as toxic to reproduction. Just like the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP for plasticized material in toys and childcare articles, DIBP is also being included in Annex XVII of the REACh Regulation. Consumer products, which contain plasticized materials, will generally also be covered by Entry 51 in this Annex. In this respect, “plasticized materials” are defined in greater detail (examples: PVC, PVA and other polymers, except for polyolefins; rubber, except for silicon rubber; foams; coatings; printing inks). Certain exceptions shall also apply.

Commentaries on the draft can also be submitted by 27 May of this year. The regulation is expected to be published in the second half of the year.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representativet in sales department or our order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

For Hermes Hansecontrol, sustainability and social responsibility are part of its corporate culture. A current example of its social engagement: In April, the provider of test services will start a three-year partnership with the Michael Rummenigge football school to actively promote sports among children. In addition to classic sponsoring activities, the partnership will also include the certification of jerseys, pants and socks for participants. Particularly for children, even a low level of harmful substances can have serious consequences.

As an expert for certified safety, Hermes Hansecontrol is committed to safe sports apparel free of pollutants, which the company ties in with its core business area and is able to raise awareness for its own test mark. The jersey for the football school’s 2018 season has already been successfully certified and may now bear the sought-after Hansecontrol test mark, which certifies the absence of pollutants.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in sales department or our order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

Functional apparel has long made its way from extreme sports to other areas. Many consumers have their own individual demands of clothing, which has led to a broad range of functions that accommodate many different applications. In everyday professional life, free time or when engaging in sports, clothing should, among other things, support the body’s temperature management, not be restrictive and ensure adequate durability. The use of different materials, special finishing methods and sophisticated designs helps to achieve different functions which can be combined with one another in a sensible manner.

In our seminar “Functional Textiles and Apparel” on May 23, 2018 in Hamburg, we will present the basic functions and share the essentials of textile technology for implementation. Textile-physical measurement methods and parameters for evaluating functions will be considered as well as the technical construction of functional apparel and chemical finishing.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

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