Limitation of specific substances/substance groups

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 ingredients 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


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.