EU protects people from cancer-causing chemicals found on artificial turf

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The European Commission has adopted a restriction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in rubber granules and mulches used as infill on artificial sports pitches and playgrounds. 

The allowed concentration limits for eight PAHs will be lowered to 20 mg/kg as recommended by ECHA’s scientific committees. The current limits are 100 mg/kg or 1 000 mg/kg following entry 28 of the List of restrictions (Annex XVII).

The restriction, initiated by the Dutch authorities, applies from 10 August 2022. 

Link to the Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1199


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