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SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 199/15

The European Union (EU) has recently set a limit for SCCPs under the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation. The new law will be enforced starting 4 December 2015.

In July 2012, we informed you that the EU had expanded the number of chemicals falling under Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004 (POPs Regulation).[1] The list of chemicals included, among others, polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) and SCCPs. The use of SCCPs has been prohibited in articles manufactured since July 11, 2012, however, their continued use as flame retardants in dam sealants and also in rubber conveyor belts in the mining industry has been allowed.

Chemical SCCPs are defined by their carbon chain length, of C10–13 , and have a variable chlorination degree of 30 – 70%. As such, they do not represent a single substance, but may be understood as technical mixtures. Furthermore, chemical substances satisfying the molecular definition of SCCPs may be present as impurities in the technical mixture of medium chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs). SCCPs are used in a wide range of applications, such as plasticisers in plastics, flame retardants, extreme pressure additives in metalworking fluids and additives in paints. They have also been on the Candidate List [2] of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation since October 2008.

On November 14, 2015, the EU published Regulation (EU) 2015/2030 [3] in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) amending the scope and requirements for SCCPs under Part B of ANNEX I to the POPs Regulation (EC) 850/2004. The new law has a number of important changes, including:

  • < 0.15% SCCPs in articles
  • ŸThe use of SCCPs is allowed in conveyor belts in the mining industry and dam sealants, if these products are already in use before or on December 4, 2015

The new law will take effect on December 4, 2015, the twentieth day following its publication in the OJEU.

Highlights of the new law and a comparison with Regulation (EU) 519/2012, the existing law on SCCPs under POPs, are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1

Part B of ANNEX I to Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004 on POPs

Citation

Regulation (EU) 2015/2030

Regulation (EU) 519/2012

Substance

Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs)

Scope and requirement

  • < 1% (constituent of substances or mixtures)
  • Articles already in use before July 11, 2012 allowed to remain on market
  • Allowed to be used in conveyor belts in the mining industry and dam sealants if already in use before December 5, 2014
  • Allowed as a flame retardant in dam sealants, and rubber in conveyor belts in the mining industry (report to Commission no later than 2015 and every 4 years thereafter on progress made for elimination)
  • < 0.15% in articles
  • Prohibited in articles manufactured from July 11, 2012

Effective date

December 4, 2015

In force since July 2012


In early 2015, SGS published a white paper on POPs [4] introducing a comprehensive summary of global POP regulations. This white paper provides an overview of current thinking within the consumer goods industry on how best to manage the risk of POPs in consumer products and supply chains.

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy for SCCPs and other POP chemicals in products for the EU and international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hing Wo Tsang
Global Toys and Juvenile Products
t: +852 2774 7420

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