Limitation of specific substances/substance groups Advanced

There are several problematic substances/substance groups that are difficult to exclude by means of general requirements for substances or classification of products. Therefore it is important to set requirements that minimizes the amount of such substances/substance groups in the products.

Criterion ID


Criterion level


Criterion type

Technical specification

Criterion text

  • The following substances and substance groups shall not be ingredients1 in the product in concentrations above 0.2 weight%:

EDTA (CAS 60-00-4)

Aromatic solvents

Halogenated solvents

  • The following substances and substance groups shall not be ingredients1 in the product:

Alkylphenolethoxylates (APEOs )

Active chlorine

Substances evaluated by EU to be

Substances evaluated by the EU to be PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic) or vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative)2

Substances on the Candidate list3

Substances that are considered to be endocrine disruptors or potential endocrine disruptors4

Organic halogenated substances besides halogenated solvents


Dearomatised naphtha with <1 % aromatic hydrocarbons and <0.1 % benzene as well as residual monomers in products containing polymers are exempted from the requirement.

1Ingredient substances are all substances in the product at levels greater than 0.01 weight%. Ingredient substances are intentionally added substances and impurities from the raw materials in the product. Impurities are reaction products, by-products and degradation products are counted as impurities.

2Criteria for evalutation if a substances is PBT/vPvB can be found here

3Candidate list can be found on the following link

4Endocrine disruptors category 1 och 2, see Study on enhancing the Endocrine Disrupter priority list with a focus on low production volume chemicals, appendix L :