91/338/EEC Cadmium Directive Introduction
EU has established a list of polymers in which cadmium pigments may not be used within the EU. The directive requires the cadmium content of plastic, paint and polymer stabilizer not exceed 0,01 %(100ppm) by mass, whatever their use or intended final purpose, finished products or components of products manufactured from the substances and preparations. If the paints have a high zinc content, their residual concentration of cadmium must be as low as possible and at all events not exceed 0,1 %(1000ppm) by mass.
May not be used for cadmium plating metallic products or components of the products used in the sectors/applications listed below: Equipment and machinery for: Food production Agriculture Cooling and freezing Printing and book-binding Equipment and machinery for the production of: Household goods Furniture Sanitary ware Central heating and air conditioning plant Paper and board Textiles and clothing Industrial handling equipment and machinery Road and agricultural vehicles Rolling stock Vessels Information Source EUR-Lex
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