Many products have been notified by RAPEX (the EU Rapid Information System for nonfood products) because of SCCPs being over limit. The products do not comply with the POPs Regulation. According to the statistics report of RAPEX in 2015, about 62% of the notified products originate from China (including Hong Kong). Product types mainly include Children products and Toys, Electrical and electronic equipment, Clothing and textiles. The hazardous chemical risk is mainly caused by Phthalates, heavy metals, and SCCPs. Compared with the previous two years, the proportion of chemical substances irregularities has increased. It rises to the first in the cause of irregularities.
Some Notified Products
Requirements of SCCPs
By way of derogation, the production, placing on the market and use of substances or preparations containing SCCPs in concentrations lower than 1 % by weight or articles containing SCCPs in concentrations lower than 0,15 % by weight is allowed.
Use shall be allowed in respect of: conveyor belts in the mining industry and dam sealants containing SCCPs already in use before or on 4 December 2015.
The products have been notified due to of containing SCCPs mainly come from China. Manufacturers of related products should follow the trend of POPs Regulation and look for new environmentally friendly substitute material to make sure products exported to EU are compliant.