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Assessment of SVHC substances in single articles

On 10 September 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) decided that the notification and information obligations relating to SVHC substances (substances of very high concern) for producers, importers and/or suppliers that are necessary for articles under certain conditions within the framework of the REACh regulation are valid for all individual articles that are components of a complex whole product (entire article) and that the SVHC threshold value of 0.1 % by weight and the calculation of a found SVHC substance refer to the examined single article and not to the entire article.

This decision does not necessitate a change for the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and there are no implications whatsoever. The judgement of the ECJ in fact confirms the procedure that has always been practised for the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and links in with the views of the OEKO-TEX® Association.

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