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Member States have expressed their support on the European Commission’s proposal to limit exposure to 33 chemicals that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) by restricting their placing on the market in clothing, textiles and footwear.

The restriction covers 33 CMR category 1A and 1B substances from the following substance groups:

  • cadmium, chromium, arsenic and lead compounds;
  • benzene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs);
  • chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons;
  • formaldehyde;
  • phthalates;
  • polar aprotic solvents;
  • azo-dyes and arylamines; and
  • quinoline

The proposal was first announced in April 2018. The proposed restriction will be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council.