Thierry Breton, responsible for the Internal Market, said: “The health and well-being of our citizens is of paramount importance, now more than ever. The Commission is continuously ensuring the safety of chemicals used in everyday products and is today restricting the use of 33 dangerous substances in textiles and footware. The restriction is the result of good cooperation between the Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the chemical and textile industries, NGOs and medical specialists aiming to ensure the safety of these products for our citizens.”
The restriction specifies maximum concentration limits established for individual substances or groups of substances potentially present in these products, including for substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cadmium, chromium, lead and its compounds and phthalates, among others. It also contributes to reducing the environmental emissions of these hazardous substances, which can occur for example during washing, and enhance the quality of recycled textile materials. The restriction is based on the EU's REACH Regulation, which provides the world's highest protection of human health and the environment.
See more information, including an explanatory guide aimed to support the implementation and enforcement by the Member States on the restriction.
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