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EU Amends Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, Chromium VI in Leather Goods

April 2, 2014

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Commission Regulation (EU) No 301/2014 amends Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) to establish restrictions on chromium VI in leather articles.

It has been demonstrated that skin exposure to chromium VI can induce sensitization and elicit an allergic response.

Why It Matters
The Regulation takes effect on May 1, 2015 with the following new restrictions:

  • Leather articles coming into contact with the skin shall not be placed on the market where they contain chromium VI in concentrations equal to or greater than 3 mg/kg (0,0003 % by weight) of the 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 concentrations equal to or greater than 3 mg/kg (0,0003 % by weight) of the total dry weight of that leather part

These 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.

How UL Can Help
Across our global network of laboratories, UL can perform all the REACH chemical testing requirements.

To learn how UL’s chemical management services can help ensure regulatory compliance for every country in which you source or sell, click Contact UL above and a representative will follow up with you soon.

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