European Commission Restricts Certain CMR Substances in Clothing, Footwear and Other Textile Articles


European Commission Restricts Certain CMR Substances in Clothing, Footwear and Other Textile Articles

On October 12, 2018, the European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 which amended REACH Annex XVII by creating a new entry 72 in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). This new entry include new restrictions for the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems for their use in clothing, footwear and other textile articles.

By Bureau Veritas Technical Services 3 minute read

Summary of the Restriction


Certain substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR), category 1A or 1B (listed in Appendix 12) shall not be placed on the market after November 1, 2020 in any of the following products if the substance is present in a concentration, measured in homogeneous material, equal to or greater than that specified for that substance:

• Clothing or related accessories (including inter alia, sportswear and bags)

• Textiles other than clothing which, under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, come into contact with human skin to an extent similar to clothing (for example bedlinen, blankets, upholstery or reusable nappies)

• Footwear


• Clothing, related accessories or footwear, or parts of clothing, related accessories of footwear made exclusively of natural leather, fur or hide

• Non-textile fasteners and non-textile decorative attachments

• Second-hand clothing, related accessories, textiles other than clothing or footwear

• Wall-to-wall carpets and textile floor coverings for indoor use, rugs and runners

• Personal protective equipment within the scope of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and medical devices within the scope of Regulation (EU) 2017/745

• Disposable textiles (designed to be used only once for a limited time and are not intended for subsequent use for the same or a similar purpose)

Download Bulletin PDF file to view table that lists restricted substances and maximum concentration limits by weight in homogenous materials.

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