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New REACH Restrictions come into force by Nick Boley
September 20, 2012, 09:20
Filed under: EU Regulation/Legislation, REACH/CLP, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal a number of new restrictions under Annex XVII of REACH.
These cover:
Cadmium in jewellery, brazing and alloys and PVC

Lead in jewellery articles with a concentration greater than or equal to 0.05 % by weight of the individual part, unless it can be demonstrated that the rate of lead released does not exceed the limit of 0.05 μg/cm2/h. There is an exemption for naturally occurring lead in crystal glass and vitreous enamels, non-synthetic or reconstructed precious and semiprecious stones.

Mercury in measuring devices except for medical devices currently in use which will be phased out so that current studies may be completed using the same devices throughout the study. Historical devices such as thermometers and barometers for display purposes are also exempt.

Phenylmercury compounds

The restrictions have been considered appropriate due to the toxicity of the substances covered, and the availability now, or in the foreseeable future, of alternatives.

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