More consumer products face PAH restrictions

A limit on concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is likely to be extended to a wide range of consumer products, according to an EU legislative proposal

A limit on concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in extender oils used to manufacture tyres is likely to be imposed on a wide range of consumer products, according to a European Commission proposal.

The proposal, tabled by the commission a few days ago, will be discussed by a committee of member state representatives on Wednesday.

According to sources, the proposed PAH restrictions are supported by a large number of countries. They might be adopted at the committee’s next meeting in early 2013 through a change to REACH’s annex XVII.

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