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Update 5 clauses of PAHs in Annex XVII of EU REACH Regulation
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Time:2021-07-23
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  OnJuly21,2021,theEuropeanUnionissuedthe(EU)Directive2021/1199initsofficialgazette.ThisDirectiveamendsthecontentofArticle50PolycyclicAromaticHydrocarbons(PAHs)inAnnexXVIIofREACH,adding5clausesinvolvingplastic/rubberparticlesAndcovercontrol.


  Newrestrictionsontheuseofpolycyclicaromatichydrocarbons(PAHs)inparticlesorcoveringsasfillingmaterialsforsyntheticturfcourtsorinlooseforminplaygroundsorsportsapplicationshavebeenadded.


  Thenewrequirementwilltakeeffect20daysaftertheregulationispublishedintheofficialgazette,andthebindingforceofthisregulationisdirectlyapplicabletoallEUmemberstates.


  InthesecondcolumnofArticle50ofRegulation(EC)No1907/2006AnnexXVII,Articles9-14arenewlyaddedasfollows:


  9.IfthetotalamountofPAHslistedinparticlesorcoveringsexceeds20mg/kg,theyshallnotbeusedasfillersforsyntheticturffields,orloosecomponentsonplaygroundsorsportsfieldsandplacedonthemarket.


  10.IfthetotalamountofPAHslistedinparticlesorcoveringsexceeds20mg/kg,theyshallnotbeusedasfillersforsyntheticturffields,orlooseformsonplaygroundsorsportsfields.


  11.Fillersonthemarketforsyntheticturffields,orlooseparticlesorcoveringsonplaygroundsorsportsfieldsmustbemarkedwiththeuniqueidentificationnumberofthebatch.


  12.Paragraphs9to11willbeapplicablefromAugust10,2022.


  13.ThefillerusedasasyntheticturffieldonAugust9,2022,orlooseparticlesorcoveringsontheplaygroundorsportsfieldcanbekeptontheoriginalsiteandcontinuetobeusedforthesamepurpose.


  14.Regardingparagraphs9to13:


  (A)"Particle"referstoamixtureofsolidparticlesranginginsizefrom1to4mm,madeofrubberorothervulcanizedorpolymericmaterialsfromrecycledororiginalsources,orobtainedfromnaturalsources;


  (B)"Cover"isamixtureofflakysolidparticleswithalengthof4to130mmandawidthof10to15mm,madeofrubberorothervulcanizedorpolymericmaterialsfromrecycledororiginalsources,orobtainedfromnaturalsources;


  (C)"Artificialturffieldfiller"includesparticlesusedinartificialturffieldtoimprovethesportstechnicalperformancecharacteristicsoftheartificialturfsystem;


  (D)"Usedasalooseformonaplaygroundorsportsfield"referstoanyuseofparticlesorcoveringsasaloosecomponentonaplaygroundorsportsfield,exceptforthefillingofsyntheticturffields.


  Polycyclicaromatichydrocarbonsareaclassofcompoundswithspecificcarcinogenicandreproductivetoxicitycharacteristics,whichcanendangerhumanhealth.


  Rubberparticlesareusedasfillingmaterialsforsyntheticturfcourts,whilerubberorplasticparticlesandcoveringsareoftenusedinlooseforminplaygroundorsportsfieldapplications,suchasgolfcourses,sportsfields,racecoursefoundations,naturaltrailsorshootingranges.


  Theseparticlesandcoveringsmainlycomefromendoflifetyres(EndofLifeTyres,ELT).ThereareeightkindsofpolycyclicaromatichydrocarbonsintherubbermatrixofthesescrappedELTparticlesandcoverings,whichleadstothepolycyclicaromatichydrocarbonsinthesematerials.Theriskisveryhigh.


  Takingintoaccounttheexposureofworkerswhoinstallandmaintainthestadiumandindividuals(professionalandamateurplayers)playingonit,toprotectpublichealth,areviseddirectivewasissuedtorestricttheuseofpolycyclicaromatichydrocarbons(PAHs)inparticlesorcoveringsinthesynthesisFillingmaterialsforturfcourts,oruseinlooseforminplaygroundsorsportsfields.Applicationrestrictions.