EC-PAH Restriction on Consumer Products Regulation 1272/2013, which came into force at the end of 2015, bans the sale of articles containing 1mg/kg of listed PAHs from “skin contact” applications. The measure is an extension of the REACH chemical safety regulations.
Different interpretations have emerged on whether or not the restriction applied to rubber infill used in synthetic turf and to rubber tiles placed on the market for use in public places, noted a statement by the EC Directorate-General (DG) for Environment and DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME's Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies.
The statement, issued 21 Dec, concluded: “The Commission is currently examining the legal interpretation of entry 50(5) of Annex XVII of REACH in relation to rubber infill material and tiles that are intended to be installed by professionals in places accessible to the general public and will communicate its conclusions within the shortest possible time.
“Until the matter is clarified, it is up to the Member States to determine enforcement measures and their priority on the restriction in relation to rubber granules in turf and to rubber flooring being placed on the market for installation in public places.”