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EU REACH Annex 17 stipulates that there is a change in the implementation of formaldehyde concentration in textiles


Time:

2023-11-16

REACH Appendix 17, Article 72, regarding the limitation requirements for formaldehyde, after November 1, 2023, the formaldehyde concentration in jackets, outerwear or furniture decoration shall be 75mg/kg, no longer 300mg/kg.

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde, also known as formic aldehyde, is an organic compound. Colorless gas with a strong irritating and suffocating odor.

Formaldehyde is widely used in industries such as petrochemical, pharmaceutical, textile, biochemical, energy, transportation, etc.

On October 27, 2017, formaldehyde was listed as a Class 1 carcinogen in the list of carcinogens released by the International Agency for Cancer Research of the World Health Organization.

 

The use of formaldehyde in textiles

In the production of clothing fabrics, clothing is prone to wrinkling, shrinkage, friction, and burns. At this time, formaldehyde can play a good anti wrinkle, anti shrinkage, and flame retardant role. Especially pure cotton products are prone to wrinkling, and using some chemicals containing formaldehyde can improve their hardness and prevent wrinkling. Formaldehyde can make printing and dyeing more durable. However, due to the easy overflow of formaldehyde, free formaldehyde can evaporate over time during the wearing of these clothes, which may cause inflammation and some irritation.

 

Important reminder

REACH Appendix 17, Article 72, regarding the limitation requirements for formaldehyde, after November 1, 2023, the formaldehyde concentration in jackets, outerwear or furniture decoration shall be 75mg/kg, no longer 300mg/kg.

Substance Index- No CAS No EC No Concentration limit by weight

Formaldehyde

605-001-00-5 50-00-0 200-001-8 75 mg/kg

 

  

 

Summary of Existing REACH Regulations on Formaldehyde Control in the European Union

Project Terms Restriction requirements Applicable scope Effective and Implementation Time
Formaldehyde REACH Appendix 17 Clause 72 75mg/kg Direct contact with skin textiles After November 1, 2023, the formaldehyde concentration in jackets, jackets, or furniture decoration shall be 75mg/kg, and no longer 300mg/kg
Release formaldehyde REACH Appendix 17 Clause 77

a.0.062 mg/m3

b.0.080 mg/m3

a. For furniture and wooden items
b. For items other than furniture and wooden items (excluding clause 72)
Effective on August 6, 2023, and to be implemented after August 6, 2026
0.062 mg/m3 Inside road vehicles August 6, 2027

 

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