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Entry 48 of Annex XVII to REACH - Toluene

For adhesive tapes, does the concentration limit for toluene of 0.1% in adhesives as specified in Entry 48 of Annex XVII apply to the whole mass of the tape or just to the mass of the adhesive layer on the tape?

Entry 48 prohibits the placing on the market for supply to the general public of toluene as a substance or in mixtures, in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.1% by weight, where the substance or the mixture is used in adhesives and spray paints. Adhesive tapes consist of a layer of adhesive coated on a flexible substrate. As the restriction concerns the concentration of toluene in adhesives, the concentration of toluene must be calculated with reference to the amount of adhesive on the tape, and not with reference to the total weight of the adhesive and substrate.

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