Hazardous chemicals in nappies to be looked at
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced that they will look into the presence of hazardous chemicals in single-use nappies, after tests showed that some single-use nappies contain several harmful chemicals.
In 2019 the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) tested a range of single-use nappies available on the French market, which showed that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), furans and dioxins were present in some of the nappies. All these chemicals are considered carcinogens. Furans and dioxins are also extremely persistent in the environment.
The brands that were tested were not named but could be for sale in countries other than France. The presence of these substances in nappies is concerning as babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to hazardous chemicals.
ECHA has subsequently launched a ‘call for evidence’ on the presence of certain hazardous substances (PAHs, furans, dioxins, PCBs and formaldehyde) in single-use nappies. This allows stakeholders such as NGOs and manufacturers to show their interest in the issue and submit relevant information. Information gathered in the call for evidence could inform a possible restriction on the substances that are allowed in single-use nappies.
Read more about ANSES’ findings here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46972330
Read more about the call for evidence here: https://echa.europa.eu/-/call-for-evidence-on-proposed-restriction-of-substances-of-concern-in-baby-diapers