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Study on the Link Between Allergic Reactions and Chemicals in Textile Products

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The European Commission has published a study on the link between allergic reactions and Chemicals in Textile Products.

This study was conducted in application of article 25 of the Regulation n° 1007/2011/EU on textile fibre names and related labelling and marking of the fibre composition of textile products. This article requires that Commission shall carry out a study to evaluate whether there is a causal link between allergic reactions and chemical substances or mixtures used in textile products in order to prepare, where appropriate, legislative proposals in the context of existing EU legislation.

This study was designed to investigate the link between allergic reactions and chemicals used and remaining on finished textile products.

It proposes three categories to be used to prioritise the substances used in textile products, taking into account harmonised classification and self-notification under the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation, sensitising potency, and whether (or not) any alternative or substitute is available.

According to these priorities, the study suggests different types of actions, namely aimed at providing further information to consumers, and combining non-regulatory and regulatory tools, e.g. to control and check the presence of sensitisers against the information disclosed.

Further analysis is deemed necessary.

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