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Publication Date Monday, June 30, 2014
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Commission Regulation (EU) No. 301/2014, amending the Annex XVII of the Regulation (EC) No.1907/2006 (REACH), has established restrictions on chromium VI in leather articles and parts.
It has been demonstrated that skin exposure to chromium VI can induce sensitisation and elicit an allergenic response.
The following new restrictions applies:
—        Leather articles coming into contact with the skin shall not be placed on the market where they contain chromium VI in concentration equal or greater than 3 mg/kg (0,0003% by weight) of total dry weight of the leather.
—        Articles containing leather parts coming into contact with the skin shall not be placed on the market where any of those leather parts contains chromium VI in concentration equal to or greater than 3 mg/kg (0,0003 mg/Kg by weight) of
the total dry weight of that leather part.

This Regulation applies from 1 May, 2015.
The restrictions do not apply to the placing on the market of second-hand articles which were in end-use in the Union before May 1, 2015.
The EN ISO 17075 standard is the only international recognized method currently available to detect chromium VI in leather.

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