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REACH

Restrictions

Entry 51 and 52 of Annex XVII to REACH - Phthalates in toys and childcare articles

In entry 51 of Annex XVII to REACH, does the concentration limit "0,1 % by weight of the plasticised material in toys and childcare articles" relate to the whole article or only part of it?". For instance, if only the head of a doll contains more than 0.1 % w/w phthalates, should the concentration be calculated on the total weight of the plasticised material of the whole toy or only for the weight of the plasticised material of the head?

The 0.1% limit was set up in order to eliminate the use of phthalates. Such limit was set up in order to be respected in each bit/piece of plasticised material by itself, regardless of whether there are other pieces or not. Therefore the reference to 0.1%, intended also as the sum up to the 3 phthalates, has to be calculated in each piece of plasticised material of each homogenous material. In the example referred to in the question the calculation should therefore be based on the weight of the plasticised material of the head of the doll and not the entire weight of all plasticised material of the whole toy.

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