On April 26, 2018, EU member states approved the European Commission proposal to restrict the use of 33 carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances in clothing, textiles and footwear. This new entry of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 will be applicable 24 months after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (EUOJ).

SAFEGUARDS | Softlines NO. 073/18

SafeGuardS shirts

According to the Commission, CMR substances may be present in clothing, textiles and footwear.  These substances may be used in the production process for a specific function, such as shrinkage prevention, wrinkle resistance, or other specific properties. Consumers can be exposed to these hazardous substances through skin contact, inhalation or unintentional ingestion of dust released from the textile materials. Small children are also at-risk from possible oral exposure.

As of the enforcement date, any clothing and related articles; textiles and footwear, containing the listed substances, whether they are produced within the EU or imported into the EU, will not be allowed to be placed on the EU market.

For regulation summary and list of restricted 33 CMRs, please refer to SafeGuards No. 035/18 [1].


European Commission News Release [2]

SGS Global Softlines has an extensive network of over 40 laboratories worldwide, with a strong team of committed professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Our internationally accredited state-of-the-art testing laboratories offer a comprehensive range of physical, chemical and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. We help your company ensure quality, performance and compliance with international, industrial and regulatory standards worldwide. Discover more at www.sgs.com/softlines.

For enquiries, please contact:

Louann Spirito
Director Technical Support, Softlines
t: +1 973 461 7919

Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry: subscribe to SafeGuardS!

Read more articles for the Consumer Goods and Retail industry

© SGS Group Management SA - 2018 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’s prior written consent.