Inspectors find phthalates in toys and asbestos in second-hand products

In an EU/EEA-wide project of ECHA’s Enforcement Forum, inspectors found hundreds of consumer products with illegal amounts of restricted chemicals. Every fifth toy inspected contained high levels of restricted phthalates.

Helsinki, 13 February 2018 – The project report shows a relatively high number of products on the European market containing chemicals that are restricted under REACH. Inspectors in 27 European countries checked 1 009 mixtures, 4 599 articles and 17 substances. Overall, out of 5 625 targeted product checks, 18 % did not comply with the restrictions.

The most frequent breaches were: phthalates in toys (20 % of inspected toys contained Bis(2-ethylhexyl) (DEHP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) at levels above those permitted), cadmium in brazing fillers (14 %) and asbestos fibres in products (14 %). The products containing asbestos – for example, catalytic heaters, thermos flasks, brake pads – were mostly second-hand and probably produced before the restrictions prohibiting the sale of products containing asbestos came into force.

Inspectors also found high concentrations of chromium VI in leather articles (13 % of the tested products) and cadmium in jewellery (12 %).

Overall, most of the breaches were found with products, which had origins that could not be identified (39 % of such products did not comply), followed by products imported from China (17 %).

The report highlights the companies’ responsibility to get information on the chemical composition of their products from their suppliers. This may also include proactively testing the products and making agreements between suppliers so that the chemical composition complies with the chemicals legislation. The enforcement authorities will continue enforcing REACH restrictions by analysing further products on the market.

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Chementors starts 2018 by attending COSME Tech 2018 in Tokyo, Japan on January 25th and 26th.

Chementors starts the year 2018 by attending the very first time to the Japanese cosmetic developing exhibition at Tokyo in January 25th and 26th. During our visit, we will also meet our partnership company JEMAI. We are really looking forward to the meeting as two previous meetings has taken place on Finnish soil.

If you are interested to meet Chementors at the COSME Tech 2018 Exhibition, please contact us: or We will be present at the venue and more than happy to introduce Chementors’ services.


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Our new partner in Japan

Chementors is proud to announce our new partner in Japan. The Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI) is a public corporation organised by a membership of around 700 companies. It was established in 1962 when industrial pollution became a serious concern in Japan. To this day JEMAI provides substantial support with a wide range of environmental and regulatory issues concerning Japanese industry. Chementors has been privileged to host JEMAI’s key personnel at our headquarters in Raisio, Finland. These visits have been very pleasant occasions for all. Through deep and honest co-operation we will help Japanese chemical industry to overcome the regulatory barriers between Japan and the EU.

Key personnel of JEMAI and Chementors (from left): Mr. Tooi, Mr. Määttä, Mr. Ishikawa and Dr. Nylund
Mr. Tooi and Mr. Määttä made a long-term commitment to lower the regulatory barriers between Japan and the EU.
Finnish weather was at its best during the visit in September

Chementors is attending 4th consecutive year to in-cosmetics Asia exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct31-Nov2, 2017. This time we also hold a speak in a regulatory seminar on Thursday.

Chementors is attending 4th consecutive year to the most important exhibition for cosmetic ingredient producers in Asia. In-cosmetics Asia 2017 is held at BITEC Bangkok Exhibition Centre on Oct30-Nov2, 2017.

In addition to promoting Chementors services at the venue, we also hold a speak at regulatory seminar on Thursday afternoon 4:00pm-4:45pm. You are the most welcome to listen to the speech given by Mr. Jani Määttä, CEO of Chementors. He will tell the latest news about EU REACH regulation – the challenges and opportunities.

If you want to set up a meeting during the exhibition please contact: Mr. Antti Aalto, or Mr. Jani Määttä,

in-cosmetics Asia exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct31-Nov2, 2017

Chementors Hong Kong Ltd. is attending China International Chemical Industry Fair 2017 in Shanghai on Aug30-Sep01.

ICIF 2017 is a one-of-its-kind Exhibition and Conference in Shanghai, China, which embodies and spotlights the entire chemical industry portfolio. Since 1992, ICIF China has become the indispensable chemical show in China`s annual industry calendar, and the preferred platform for government agencies and key decision makers to come together for exchange and trade.

For the first time Chementors is also showcasing its vital and valuable services at the event. We offer the solution to overcome the barriers of chemical regulations in the EU. If you want to set up a meeting contact the sales director Mr. Antti Aalto at WeChat, ID: A44996969 or We also welcome you to visit our booth K31.

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Chementors expanding into Southeast Asia

Chementors has begun its expansion into countries in Southeast Asia. The growing export of chemicals from the area to Europe is leading to an increased need for Chementors’s services, in particular the only representative service and REACH registrations. Exports of clothes, toys, jewellery and other products to Europe are also growing, leading to demand for information on and operators in fields such as identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).

In collaboration with its partners, Chementors is organising a number of information events towards the end of the year about the stricter European regulations, as well as participating in a range of chemical industry fairs around Southeast Asia. The objective of these activities is to work alongside the authorities to provide comprehensive information about the EU’s REACH chemicals regulation and business opportunities for companies in the region. Chementors also aims to establish a unit in each country, taking into account local knowledge and languages.

Chementors was established for companies and people who care about environmental and human safety, and operates on the one-stop shop principle, providing information and taking care of all procedures necessary for ensuring chemical safety, a service that is particularly valued in Southeast Asia.

Guangzhou seminar a huge success

The joint seminar organised by the Inspection and Quarantine Technology Center (IQTC) and Chementors in Guangzhou on 30 June 2017 was visited by over 250 participants from a number of sectors interested in the European chemical market, including the toy and cosmetics industries.

The negotiations between the IQTC and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) held just before the seminar aimed at creating a new relationship for chemical safety cooperation between China and Europe. Relations between Europe and China in regard to chemical safety have been on the decline in recent years, one example of which is the fact that in 2013 China stopped translating ECHA’s materials into Chinese. As such, one of the highlights of the seminar was the Chinese translation of the ECHA brochure ”Exporting to EU”, prepared by Chementors, which will be made available for download on the IQTC’s website for the benefit of local SMEs.

Another highlight of the seminar was the active participation of Liu Xia, vice director of the China National Institute of Standardization, which operates under AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China). AQSIQ is China’s official body in charge of quality, food safety and product safety matters. ECHA, IQTC and Chementors all hope that the seminar will spur the European Commission and corresponding administrative bodies in China, such as AQSIQ, to increase their dialogue in matters related to chemical safety.

Thanks to the information content of the seminar and all the resulting discussion, ECHA’s first visit to Guangzhou will most likely not be its last. With the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018 fast approaching (for substances imported to the EU in amounts exceeding 1 tonne), now is the time to make quick decisions. Although the registration process is time-consuming, the most flexible operators, such as Chementors and the IQTC, can together help Chinese suppliers of goods and chemicals complete the process in time before the critical deadline.

The seminar featured a number of respected speakers. Pictured from the left: Chonghua Liu, Yonghan Huang, Qian Xiao, Geert Dancet, Petteri Mäkelä, Jani Määttä, Huaining Zhong, Ruyan Liao and Jing Wang. Not pictured: Liu Xia from AQSIQ.

The seminar was held at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center. Pictured from the left: Petteri Mäkelä, Geert Dancet, Jani Määttä and Qian Xiao.

The seminar also gave visitors the opportunity to ask plenty of questions. Participants reported being very pleased with the seminar.

Geert Dancet, Executive Director of ECHA, to deliver the keynote speech at the IQTC and Chementors seminar in Guangzhou on 30 June 2017.

Executive Director Geert Dancet and International Affairs Officer Petteri Mäkelä from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will be visiting the seminar organised by Chementors and Quarantine Technology Center (IQTC) in Guangzhou on 30 June 2017.

China is a notable producer of toys, jewellery, clothing and other goods. However, many Chinese businesses are unfamiliar with tightening EU regulations. In order to address this, the seminar aims to increase awareness and provide an opportunity to discuss issues before potential problems arise. In addition to this, the seminar will focus on the REACH regulation, which is set to introduce significant changes to the importing of chemical industry raw materials and mixtures, such as cosmetics, detergents and paints.

In his keynote speech on the morning of the seminar, Dancet will talk to the Chinese audience about the REACH registration deadline, which is on 31 May 2018. After this, Mäkelä will tell the audience about substances in goods and the market control and regulation of Europe. Meanwhile, Jani Määttä from Chementors Ltd will share practical tips and instructions on how to enter the European market smoothly and efficiently, while avoiding problems and unnecessary work. Chementors’ aim is to urge the audience to act as quickly as possible.

The afternoon portion of the seminar will include discussions on a variety of topics, such as recent legislative issues in China, as well as the amendment of the EU Toy Safety Directive. The full-day seminar will be held at the Baiyun International Convention Center in Guangzhou on Friday, 30 June 2017.