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Fashionable and Inevitable: Free in Every WayHalogen free, Lead and other Heavy Metal free, VOC free...

SpecialChem / Jun 25, 2008

The actual context is favourable to high purity banning recognized harmful elements and molecules, or simply suspected materials or impurities according to the ‘precautionary principle'. Polymers, additives and reinforcement materials cannot escape that general trend. Bans can be governed by general laws, more or less specific regulations, professional or private specifications and even more or less supported rumours. Among the best known regulations are: 1. REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of CHemicals. REACH requires manufacturers and importers to gather comprehensive information on the properties of all substances produced or imported in quantities higher than 1t per year and to submit the necessary information to demonstrate their safe use in a registration dossier to the European Chemicals Agency. Failure to register will mean the substance cannot be manufactured or imported into the EU market. 2. Eu RoHS and China RoHS: Restriction of Hazardous Substances.

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