At the end of March, the National Consumer Product Safety Standardisation Technical Commission in China announced (in Chinese only), that it wants to ban certain chemical substances from consumer products in the future. The substances involved include:
- Heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium (VI), lead, mercury and nickel
- Organic chemicals such as benzene, BPA, dyes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)
- Organometallic compounds such as organotins and salts
According to the international inspection company SGS, the Chinese plans align with various national and international standards, including:
- Chinese national standards (GB and GB/T)
- EN 71-9 relating to organic chemicals in toys
- EN 71-12 relating to n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances in toys
- European legislative requirements – Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on REACH, Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on food contact plastics, and Directive 2014/81/EU on bisphenol A (BPA) in toys
- Oeko Tex Standards for textile products
The list also includes three substances that REACH does not limit: benzothiazole-2-thiol (MBT), antioxidants (2, 2) 6-di-tert-butyl-p-cresol, and 2,2′-methylene-bis (4-methyl-6-tert-butylphenol).
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