From: Bureau Veritas Group
On 20 May 2011, the European Commission issued a regulation (EU 494/2011) amending the restrictions on cadmium under Annex XVII of REACH regulation (EC) No.1907/2006. This regulation restricts cadmium in jewellery, brazing sticks and all plastic materials and comes into force on 10 December 2011 as per the Corrigendum of 21 May 2011.
Annex XVII of the REACH regulation (EC 1907/2006) already contains several restrictions on cadmium in mixtures and articles. Now, these restrictions have been extended to jewellery, brazing sticks and all plastic materials with a limit of 100 mg/kg. For the recycling of PVC in construction products, the new legislation allows the re-use of recovered PVC containing low levels (0,1%) of cadmium.
Click on the above link for highlights of this new regulation.