On 6 December 2013, the Commission issued Regulation 1272/2013 amending the “Restriction List” in Annex XVII to Regulation 1907/2006 (“REACH Regulation”), as regards a number of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (“PAHs”). These PAHs are already classified as carcinogens and, as such, are banned for sale to the general public. The presence of such substances in extender oils used for the manufacture of tyres is also specifically capped by the REACH Regulation. Regulation 1272/2013 adds a more general restriction in the Restriction List of the REACH Regulation. Accordingly, articles shall not be placed on the market, if any of their rubber or plastic components that come into contact with the human skin or the oral cavity (e.g. gloves, household utensils, sport equipment) contain more than 1 mg/kg of any of the listed PAHs. A lower limit of 0.5 mg/kg is applicable specifically for toys and childcare articles. These new restrictions will only be applicable to articles placed on the market for the first time from 27 December 2015.

The Regulation can be accessed here.