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An EU Regulation amending the REACH restrictions for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and phthalates was published in the EU Official Journal on 3 March.

Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 is amended as follows:

  1. in entry 50, column 2, paragraph 1, the second subparagraph is replaced by the following subparagraphs: 
     ‘The standard EN 16143:2013 (Petroleum products — Determination of content of Benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) and selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in extender oils — Procedure using double LC cleaning and GC/MS analysis) shall be used as the test method for demonstrating conformity with the limits referred to in the first subparagraph.Until 23 September 2016, the limits referred to in the first subparagraph may be regarded as kept, if the polycyclic aromatics (PCA) extract is less than 3 % by weight as measured by the Institute of Petroleum standard IP 346:1998 (Determination of PCA in unused lubricating base oils and asphaltene free petroleum fractions — Dimethyl sulphoxide extraction refractive index method), provided that compliance with the limits of BaP and of the listed PAHs, as well as the correlation of the measured values with the PCA extract, is measured by the manufacturer or importer every six months or after each major operational change, whichever is earlier.
  2. in entry 51, column 2, paragraph 3 is deleted.
  3. in entry 52, column 2, paragraph 3 is deleted. 

Information Resource:COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/326EU

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