The European Commission (EC) has submitted a draft amendment to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to update the reference test method, under REACH Annex XVII entry 50, for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in extender oil that is placed on the market or used in the production of tyres or parts of tyres.
As the current reference analytical method, IP-346:1998, is not specific to the 8 PAHs restricted and is limited in its scope to only those lubricating base oils with certain properties, the proposal will replace it with the European standard, EN 16143:2013, for demonstrating compliance. This new standard provides a specific analytical method to analyse the relevant PAHs in extender oils and overcomes the shortcomings of the current method.
The proposed amendment includes a one year transition period, during which both the old and the new analytical methods can be used. It is expected that the amendment will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in the last quarter of 2014.
For details of the amendment, please see the documents sent to WTO listed in Reference section below.