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News from July 2017

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has a firm place on the candidate list for substances of very high concern (SVHC). The chemical is classified as bioaccumulating, toxic and carcinogenic. Among other things, PFOA is used in fire fighting foams as well as dirt or water-repellent textiles. To minimize the health risk and possible environmental damage, a limit of 2 ppb (parts per billion) for the concentration of PFOA in other substances, mixtures and products was proposed.

However, this doesn’t go far enough for the EU Commission. As a result, the annex to the REACh regulation has been amended accordingly by the Regulation (EU) 2017/1000 of June 13, 2017 – with far-reaching consequences for the consumer goods industry. According to the regulation, PFOA may neither be manufactured nor distributed as of June 4, 2020. The same goes for perfluorooctanoic acid as part of another substance, as a mixture or as an article in a concentration of PFOA and its salts, which is equal to or higher than 25 ppb or a concentration equal to or greater than 1,000 ppb for a PFOA precursor compound. Companies wanting to stay on the safe side can have their products tested for PFOA by the independent testing institute Hansecontrol.

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

When it comes to the safety of children, consumers and control authorities are extremely wary. The monitoring of the market by the authorities is focusing on this group of products is reflected not lastly by the EU’s RAPEX rapid alert system. The largest number of warnings (26 %), as was the case in 2016, was also attributed to toys; countless products had to be taken off the market due to safety defects. The media also regularly reports on potential risks.

Against this backdrop, it is imperative for manufacturers and distributors of toys to be aware of current legal stipulations and market requirements and to provide for them accordingly. In our seminar Product Safety of Toys on September 7, 2017 in Hamburg, we will give you an overview of the safety requirements imposed on toys, your duties as well as sensible measures you can take to protect yourself against liability risks.

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 at +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

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