Tue22.03.1609:17

EU’s REACH Regulations Limit for Cadmium in Paints

The European Union (EU) has recently set a restriction limit for cadmium in paints with certain HS codes.

Concentration limits set on cadmium in paint.

Restrictions Protect Against Cadmium Toxicity

In July 2015, SGS Safeguards reported that the World Trade Organization (WTO) had circulated a notification from the EU to announce a proposed amendment to the scope of cadmium under ANNEX XVII of REACH. [1]


On February 17, 2016, Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/217 was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU) amending the use of cadmium in paints with HS codes [3208] and [3209]. [2] The new law amends paragraph 2 of entry 23 under ANNEX XVII of REACH by restricting cadmium to a concentration of less than 0.01% in these paints. The restriction of cadmium in paints on painted articles and in paints with HS codes [3208] and [3209] containing more than 10% zinc remains unchanged.

 

Details and Definitions for Paint Manufacturers

According to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System,  

- HS code [3208] is paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium

- HS code [3209] is paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, dispersed or dissolved in an aqueous medium

The new law will take effect starting March 7, 2016.


Highlights of the new law and a comparison with existing Regulation (EU) 494/2011 on the aforementioned scope of the restriction of cadmium are summarized in Table 1 in the latest Safeguards bulletin.

 

References:

 

[1] Safeguards no 115/15, July 9, 2015.

[2] Official Journal of the European Union, February 17, 2016, Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2017.

About SGS Services for the Consumer Goods and Retail Industry

SGS will follow up and inform interested parties as developments on REACH regulation occur. SGS’s expertise combined with its consultancy services and experience in consumer product supply chains provides a central point of contact for global solutions. To learn more about how SGS can support REACH compliance activities please visit www.sgs.com/reach.


For further information, please contact an SGS expert.

Contact details:

SGS Consumer Goods and Retail

Hingwo Tsang
Global Hardlines Information and Innovation Manager
SGS Hong Kong Limited
1/F On Wui Centre
25 Lok Yip Road
Fanling, N.T., Hong Kong, China

t: +852 2774 7420
Email: cts.media@sgs.com  
Website: http://www.sgs.com/hardgoods
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.

Press contact

portrino GmbH
Maxstraße 10
D-01067 Dresden

Germany

phone: +49-351-500 95 74
fax: +49-351-500 95 71

E-mail 

 

Downloads