Norwegian PoHS Update – Stricter Requirement
No. 26/2008 Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (NPCA) proposes stricter regulations on the content levels of substances intending to remove products that contain the most harmful substances from the Norwegian market, and believes that better and safer alternatives are available. In May 2007 SFT sent out a proposal for comments, suggesting a ban on 18 hazardous substances. Since then more than 100 comments received to make following adjustment:
10 Hazardous Substances SFT recommends that the ban will include production, imports, exports and trade of consumer products that contain one or more of the ten substances when the substance content in the product exceeds or is equal to established limit values.
Medium- Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (MCCP) Bisphenol A Muskxylene Triclosan The PerFluorinated compound PFOA The brominated flame retardant HBCDD Pentachlorophenol The heavy metals lead, cadmium, arsenic and their compounds. Exemption The regulation will not include consumables, food packaging, fertiliser, tobacco and medicines regulated in other legislation. Additionally, means of transport, rigidly mounted equipment for means of transport, tyres and similar fittings for means of transport are specifically exempted from the range of application of the regulation. The regulation will not cover substances and products that are already regulated through EU legislation, such as RoHS.
Other Hazardous Substances There are currently ongoing separate processes in the EU for the phthalate DEHP, organotin compounds and the brominated flame retardant TBBPA. SFT recommends waiting for the results of these processes before proposing national regulations.
SFT's letter to the Ministry of the Environment, including appendix 1, 4 and 5 will be translated and published at PoHS official website after August 18, 2008.
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