Posted by Selerant EHS on 16/03/2016

Cadmium restrictions: what changed?

Regulation-EU-2016217-CadmiumThe Official Gazette of the European Union (L 40/5) contains the newly published Regulation (EU) 2016/217, bringing changes to Annex XVII of Reculation (EC) 1907/2006.
More specifically, entry 23 of Annex XVII has been modified in its second paragraph, concerning the use of Cadmium and its derivates in paints with codes [3208] and [3209], with an exception for zinc-based paints.

The complete text of paragraph 2 becomes as follows:

“2. Shall not be used or placed on the market in paints with codes [3208] [3209] in a concentration (expressed as Cd metal) equal to or greater than 0,01 % by weight.

For paints with codes [3208] [3209] with a zinc content exceeding 10 % by weight of the paint, the concentration of cadmium (expressed as Cd metal) shall not be equal to or greater than 0,1 % by weight.

Painted articles shall not be placed on the market if the concentration of cadmium (expressed as Cd metal) is equal to or greater than 0,1 % by weight of the paint on the painted article.”

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