Regulators warn of 'communication failure' over hazardous chemicals

Most suppliers of consumer goods that contain substances of very high concern (SVHC) fail to provide “sufficient information” about their presence to customers, a pilot study by European regulators has revealed.

Between October 2017 and December 2018, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement, a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of chemical regulations in Europe, carried out a pilot project to check if communication obligations were met.

The regulators inspected 405 companies in 15 countries, checking 682 articles such as clothing, footwear, home textiles and electronic products.

The study revealed 12% of products tested contained SVHCs (candidates for future EU restrictions) in concentrations above 0.1%. The most common substances were phthalates, SCCP (short chain chlorinated paraffins), ADCA (azodicarbonamide) and lead.

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