The use of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) is prohibited

The group of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) covers several hundred individual substances. What all these compounds have in common is that they are made up of a matrix of linked benzene rings.

According to the Federal Department for Risk Evaluation, there is good reason to believe that these PAH substances are responsible for changing genetic makeup, causing cancer and affecting reproduction.

On Aug. 4th 2014 the Product Safety Commission (AfPS) has assigned the requirements of PAH testing in the course of GS mark certification as specification according to art. 21 Product Safety Act (ProdSG) para. 1 no. 3. The implementation is achieved by means of a GS specification.

In order to ensure that PFERD products comply with these requirements, all the products delivered to PFERD must comply with this specification and meet the category 2 limit values at least. In particular, no softening agents and carbon blacks containing PAH may be used.


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