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Nov. 23 Germany: GS Mark List of PAHs Expands by Two Substances

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

From Bureau Veritas Group:

During the 67th meeting of the German Central Experience Exchange Circle (ZEK), the PAH-substance list was expanded from 16 to 18 PAHs. The addition of these two PAHs to the substance list completes the German recommendation to restrict the eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in consumer goods. Therefore, in the future there will be requirements for 18 PAHs to fulfill in order to receive the German GS mark.

During the manufacturing process of plastics, mineral oils are used that often contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as contaminants. PAHs also can be part of carbon black which is used as a colouring and filling agent for plastics and rubber.

Apart from other requirements, there are currently requirements for 16 PAHs which have to be fulfilled for the GS mark to be granted. During the 67th meeting of the ZEK on September 28th and 29th, an expansion of the PAH-substance list suggested by the Commission for Technical Work Equipment and Consumer Goods (AtAV) was accepted, increasing the list of PAHs from 16 to 18 substances. The two new substances are Benzo[j]fluoranthene and Benzo[e]pyrene. These substances are, among others, named for regulation under REACH, but have not been regarded so far in the context of the GS mark.

After the official publishing of this expansion by the Central Department of the Federal States for Safety Features (ZLS), there will be a transition period of six months after which the two new substances will have to be taken into account during the granting of the GS mark.

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