SAFEGUARDS | SoftlinesNO. 040/16
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a Technical Report PD CEN/TR 16417:2016 with guidelines regarding the usage and presence of certain chemicals known as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). These chemicals are in the Candidate List of Annex XIV of the Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) and are applicable to the footwear industry.
The Technical Report PD CEN/TR 16417:2016 “Footwear – Footwear industry guideline for substances of very high concern (Annex XIV of REACH)” supersedes PD CEN/TR 16417:2012 and indicates which SVHC may be present in footwear components and potentially present in the footwear industry. This guideline helps footwear manufacturers collect mandatory information from suppliers regarding the content of these chemicals and allows manufacturers to provide accurate information to their customers. The Technical Report includes substances which appear on the Candidate List on or before 16th June 2014 and provides informative test methods to identify where these chemicals may be found in order to control the use along the supply chain.
According to the Technical Report, 24 SVHC out of the listed 155 are classified as having a high occurrence in footwear or in footwear components.
Table 1 – Substances of Very High Concern included in Annex XIV of REACH that are especially important for footwear and footwear components.
|Substances of Very High Concern||CAS #||Group|
|Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)||85-68-7||
|1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branced alkyl esters, C7-rich (DIHP)||71888-89-6|
|1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters||68515-42-4|
|1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear||84777-06-0|
|1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (DHP)||68515-50-4|
|Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)||84-74-2|
|Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)||84-69-5|
|Dipentyl phthalate (DPP)||131-18-0|
|Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins)||85535-84-8||SCCP|
|4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear||--||
|4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated||--|
|4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenol, (4-tert-Octylphenol)||140-66-9|
|Dibutyltin dichloride (DBT)||683-18-1||Organotin|
Annex XIV of REACH is an Authorization List of SVHCs prioritized by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to determine which ones should be included and therefore subject to authorization. The ECHA will regularly submit recommendations to the European Commission to update substances that should be included in the list. The Technical Report does not apply to substances that are already restricted and therefore included in Annex XVII of REACH.
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