Negative list for substances in supplied materials and products
Below, you will find a list containing substances or substance groups which are either not accepted as constituent ingredients in the material/product to be supplied by PFERD, or only under limiting circumstances as a result of stricter statutory and quality requirements. This list is subject to continuous amendment, e.g. as new directives come into effect.
We therefore request that you adhere to the listed points when supplying our company
- REACH regulation
Bans and restrictions according to REACH regulation
The REACH regulation on the registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals contains comprehensive requirements for manufacturers, importers, retailers and downstream users of chemicals. Alongside obligations to provide information, other obligations, e.g. the registration, authorization and restriction (=banning) of chemical substances, are also set out. Not only chemicals fall under the REACH regulation’s scope of applicability, but also products manufactured from these chemicals (e.g. products such as machines, toys, components, etc.).
Appendix XVII contains entries with so-called restrictions (substance bans). The restriction conditions are defined for each entry, i.e. which applications the bans are valid for or which maximum limits must always be observed.
All products delivered to PFERD must comply with the requirements of the respectively valid version of the REACH regulation including all amendments.
Prohibition on the use of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
The group of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) covers several hundred individual substances. What all of these compounds have in common is that they are made up of a matrix of linked benzene rings.
According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), there is good reason to believe that these PAH substances are responsible for changing genetic material, causing cancer and adversely affecting reproduction.
On 4th August 2014, the Product Safety Commission (AfPS) determined the requirements for PAH testing in the course of awarding the GS mark. These were defined in the form of a specification in accordance with Article 21 Para. 1 No. 3 of the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG). Implementation is carried out by means of a GS specification.
In order to ensure that PFERD products comply with these requirements, all products delivered to PFERD must comply with this specification and adhere to the category 2 limit values as a minimum requirement. In particular, no plasticizers and carbon blacks containing PAH may be used.
- Dimethyl fumarate
Prohibition on the use of dimethyl fumarate
Regulation (EU) no. 412/2012 dated 15/05/2012 replaced the temporary decision of the Commission of the European Communities dated 17/03/2009 (2009/251/EC). Products or parts thereof with a dimethyl fumarate (DMF) concentration greater than 0.1 mg/kg may not be used or put into circulation.
DMF (CAS no. 624-49-7), which is used as a biocide to combat mould infestation, can cause serious allergic reactions on contact, even in very low concentrations.
Within the EU, the use of DMF for the manufacture of consumer goods was already banned by the biocide directive 98/8/EC and it should therefore not be contained in any products that have been manufactured in Europe.
However, DMF may still be present in goods imported from non-EU countries. It is usually packed in sachets (similar to the ones used for silica gel, which is approved), but can also be applied directly to the product. A product is regarded as containing DMF either if a sachet with DMF is enclosed or if the limit value of 0.1 mg/kg is exceeded in the product itself.
Products containing DMF must not be supplied to PFERD.
You can find further information on this topic here.
- Radioactive contamination
Radioactive contamination of metallic products
In February 2009, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment informed the public that stainless steel products from India contaminated with radioactive material had been found in several Federal States (see press report no. 41/09).
At the moment, it is assumed that this contamination was the result of unintentional meltdown of radioactive cobalt-60 radiation sources in an Indian smelting plant.
The products concerned are both preliminary products in the form of round stainless steel bars that were destined for further processing in Germany, as well as end products such as machine parts.
Contaminated steel products as the result of unintentional meltdown of radioactive radiation sources are a global problem. In other words, there is always a latent risk of radioactively contaminated steel products as a result of this.
Naturally, the products we have acquired from you may not pose any kind of health hazard to our employees and/or customers.
Please therefore ensure that it is not possible for metallic materials delivered to PFERD to be contaminated by radiation.
You can find the appropriate Press release related to this topic here.