EU – Draft Commission Regulation Amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards Polycyclic-Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

​ The European Commission announced d raft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards Polycyclic-Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in granules or mulches used as infill material in synthetic turf pitches or in loose form on playgrounds or in sport applications. This draft Regulation would amend entry 50 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 by adding the following restriction on: Granules or mulches shall not be placed on the market for use, or used as infill material in synthetic turf pitches or in loose form on playgrounds or in sport applications if they contain more than 20 mg/kg (0,002 % by weight) of the sum of the eight listed PAHs. Definitions for granules, mulches, infill material in synthetic turf pitches and use in loose form on playgrounds and in sport applications other than synthetic turf pitches are also included. This restriction shall apply 12 months after its entry into force. Notification objective: Rubber granules used as infill material in synthetic turf pitches originate predominantly from End of life Tyres (ELT) and other rubber articles. The eight PAH substances are found as contaminants in the rubber matrix. This restriction is intended to prevent a total content of all the eight carcinogenic PAHs of more than 20 mg/kg in granules or mulches used as infill material in synthetic turf pitches and granules or mulches in loose form on playgrounds or in sport applications. This concentration limit shall provide a high level of protection to human health (workers installing and maintaining the pitches and individuals playing sports on them and consumers, especially children). Proposed date of adoption: First quarter of 2021 Proposed date of entry into force: 20 days from publication in the Official Journal of the EU. Application of the restriction would be deferred for 12 months after entry into force Final date for comments: November 7, 2020