EU to Strengthen Restriction of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Toys and Consumer Products

The EU has recently expanded the scope of restriction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to plastic and rubber components in articles under REACH (1). The restriction limits are dependent on the nature of the article.
Expanded PAHs restriction in toys and consumer products under REACH.
Expanded PAHs restriction in toys and consumer products under REACH.
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Jan. 13, 2014 - PRLog -- In July 2013, SGS informed readers that the modified proposal to strengthen the restriction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in consumer products under entry 50 of ANNEX XVII of REACH received favorable support from the meeting of the REACH Committee (2).

On 7 December 2013, Regulation (EU) 1272/2013 was published in the Official Journal of the European (OJEU) and the new PAHs requirements have been added under entry 50 of ANNEX XVII of REACH. The listed PAHs are classified as carcinogens of category 1B. The scope has expanded from the already existing restriction of PAHs in extender oils and such oils in the manufacture of tires to the new requirements of rubber or plastic components in articles that come into direct as well as prolonged or short-term repetitive contact with the human skin or the oral cavity under normal or reasonably foreseeable usage (3).

PAHs in Toys and Consumer Products

These PAHs are not intentionally added into articles and do not perform any specific function as constituents of plastic or rubber components. They are present as impurities in some raw materials such as extender oils and carbon black used in the manufacture of articles and experience shows that they can be found in a wide range of consumer products made from plastic or rubber but can be detected in other materials as well.

The enforcement date takes effect on 27 December 2015. Articles placed on the market for the first time before this date are exempted.

Highlights of the new law are summarized in Table 1 within the latest SafeGuardS bulletin (


(1) Table of substances/group of substances, which are restricted by Annex XVII to REACH Regulation (

(2) SGS No.137/13 and references therein,

(3) Regulation (EU) 1272/2013 amending entry 50 on PAHs under ANNEX XVII of REACH

About SGS Consumer Testing Services

Throughout a global network of laboratories, SGS is able to provide a range of inspection services, including analytical testing and consultancy for PAHs and other restricted substances in consumer products under REACH regulation ( for the EU and international markets.

Please do not hesitate to contact an SGS expert for further information.

Contact details:

SGS Consumer Testing Services

HingWo Tsang
TJP Information and Innovation Manager
SGS Hong Kong Limited
1/F OnWui Centre
25 Lok Yip Road
Fanling, N.T., Hong Kong, China

t: +852 2774 7420

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75 000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1 500 offices and laboratories around the world.
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