From the 1st of June 2016, lead is restricted in consumer products supplied to the public in the EU under Entry 63 of Annex XVII of REACH. The total content limit of lead of 0.05% is applied to articles and accessible parts that can be mouthed by children. On the 25th of May 2015, ECHA published a guideline on the scope of the Entry 63 (paragraphs 7 to 10) of Annex XVII to REACH on lead. Products supplied to the general public within the scope of lead restriction including clothing, footwear, sports and leisure items, accessories, stationery items, interior decoration items, childcare products, and certain outdoor products. If the product can be mouthed by children, the lead content in accessible component can not be equal or greater than 0.05%, unless the rate of lead release is less than 0.05 ug/m2/h.
Exemption: Certain specific products such as keys and locks, the tips of writing instruments, musical instruments and crystal glass.  And articles within the scope of: Directive 94/62/EC (Packaging) Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 (Materials and Articles in Contact with Food)  Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (Toys)  Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (Electrical items)
CTI softline department will interpret this restriction in our Global Textile and Footwear Regulation Seminar on the 8th of July.
CTI Suggestion
It is a challenge that the EU restrict lead in almost all textile products and footwear. Manufacturers should avoid using material  containing lead in order to comply with the EU regulation.   For more information please contact us