Understanding PAHs and their impact on GMORS compounds

2023 / 06 / 29

This article aims to provide information on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their implications for compounds mixing at GMORS PAHs are regulated under entry 50 of REACH annex XVII, and this regulation plays a crucial role in determining the compliance of rubber component parts. This article will explore the steps involved in assessing whether articles fall within the scope of the restriction and highlight the specific products where compliance may be a concern.

PAHs Regulation and its Application:

The regulation concerning PAHs, as outlined in entry 50 of REACH annex XVII, is an important factor in determining the compliance of rubber component parts. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements, it is recommended to refer to the provided link (guideline_entry_50_PAHs_en.pdf) [1] which offers detailed information. Specifically, page 6 of the document provides clear instructions on how to assess whether articles fall within the scope of the restriction.

Scope of Compliance for Rubber component Parts:

The compliance of rubber component parts with REACH annex XVII depends on their end application. O-rings and sealing components, which are commonly used in various industries, are typically not within the scope of the restriction. However, it is crucial to note that compliance may vary based on specific products.

Products Requiring Attention: 

GMORS announces that compounds mixing at their facility are compliant with REACH annex XVII unless they are used for the following products:

  1. Sport equipment such as bicycles, golf clubs, racquets: These items often come into direct contact with human skin during usage, making compliance with PAHs regulations a crucial aspect.
  2. Household utensils, trolleys, walking frames: Products used for domestic purposes, particularly those in frequent contact with food or the human body, should adhere to PAHs regulations to ensure consumer safety.
  3. Tools for domestic use: Tools that are regularly handled and may come into contact with skin require careful consideration to comply with PAHs regulations.
  4. Clothing, footwear, gloves, and sportswear: Textiles and materials used in clothing and accessories should meet the necessary PAHs compliance standards to minimize the risk of exposure.
  5. Watch-straps, wristbands, masks, headbands: These items are in direct contact with the skin and, therefore, must adhere to PAHs regulations to safeguard the consumer's well-being.


PAHs regulation, as outlined in entry 50 of REACH annex XVII, is a vital aspect of ensuring the compliance of rubber component parts at GMORS While O-rings and sealing components are generally not within the scope of the restriction, specific products such as sports equipment, household utensils, tools, clothing, and accessories require careful consideration to meet PAHs compliance. It is crucial for GMORS to prioritize the use of compliant compounds when manufacturing products that fall within these categories to ensure the safety and well-being of consumers. By adhering to these regulations, the company can demonstrate its commitment to producing high-quality, safe products in accordance with international standards. Before requesting a quote or making a purchase, please verify whether the intended application falls within the aforementioned restriction range. If it does, kindly inform the GMORS sales representative of the requirement for "low PAHs" or "PAHs-free" materials.

[1] Echa. (2018, March 7). Guideline on the Scope of Restriction Entry 50 of Annex XVII to REACH: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Articles Supplied to the General Public. Echa.Europa.Eu.