ECHA considers restricting chemicals in nappies

The presence of certain chemicals in single-use nappies could be banned in the EU following a conclusion by the French environment agency that current measures do not sufficiently protect children’s health.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is calling for evidence about the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), furans, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and formaldehyde in nappies, in view of a possible restriction proposal to be prepared by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health (Anses). 

“None of these substances are intentionally added to nappies during the manufacturing process, but rather they are residues or contaminants,” ECHA notes in its call for evidence.

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