The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a call for evidence to examine the case for expanding the restriction on cadmium in plastics from the current 16 specific plastic materials listed in Annex XVII of REACH to all plastic materials.
ECHA have published a preparatory report on the subject which sets out the background and technical information in this area. Only cadmium oxide and cadmium carbonate are used in a range of polymers in Europe, and these would be affected by any extension of the current REACH restrictions.
Testing of polymers for cadmium and its compounds is relatively straightforward for competent laboratories holding accreditation for such measurements.
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