There are a number of chemicals that have been identified by government bodies across the world to have an impact on human health. While, the standards of exposure of a chemical deemed harmful may vary slightly from country to country, in essence, the chemicals of concern are all the same. We find that the European Union has committed itself to raising awareness and has set among st the highest standard for control/banning of chemicals deemed harmful to human health.
Today, Europe requires all products sold within its territory to be REACH compliant whether related to children or adults. REACH is the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007 to streamline and improve the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union.
One of the main aims of REACH is to Improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risk that can be posed by chemicals.
Under REACH certain substances have been classified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). These are substances which are
1. Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic to Reproduction (CMR),
2. Persistent, Bio accumulative and Toxic (PBT) or
3. Identified, on a case by case, basis, from scientific evidence as causing probably serious health to human health or the environment
Keeping in mind the objectives of REACH and laws and regulations in Europe, above pop-up boxes are a list of restricted chemicals that have been determined to be hazardous and so should, either not be contained, or should be kept within certain limits in the consumer goods goods consumed within Europe so as to not minimize their impact on our health.
Given that children’s body’s are growing and developing, they are more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals and so even smaller amounts of a chemical can impact a child’s life and the accepted level for children’s products is even lower than adults. See our Quality section to find the accepted levels of different chemicals as required under REACH.
Click on the icons above, to learn more about each of the restricted substances, where they are found and how they impact our health.