Testing for PAH in materials and everyday products made from plastics and rubber

Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in consumer products

testing for PAH

Because of the carcinogenic effect of some PAHs, e.g. benzo[a]pyrene, the risk of a health hazard arising from intensive skin contact cannot be excluded. Due to impurities in some raw materials, particularly in extender oils and carbon black, they may unintentionally be contained in products made from rubber and plastics.

The EU Regulation 1272/2013 amends Annex 17 of the REACH Regulation (EC No 1907/2006) with regard to the PAH limit for consumer goods made from plastics and rubber that come into direct contact with the human skin or the oral cavity under normal foreseeable conditions of use. These include sports equipment, household utensils, tools, clothing or promotional items as well as toys and child use and care articles. Violations of REACH Annex 17 are controlled in the Chemicals Sanctions Regulation (ChemSanktionsV).

In addition to this, the document AfPS GS 2014:01 PAK (previously ZEK 01.4-08) and its newly defined categories and limit values are applicable for the award of the GS mark.

Range of PAH analysis services:

  • 8 PAHs (entry 50, Appendix 17, Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 REACH)
  • 18 PAHs (GS mark requirement)
  • Further analysis of pollutants, for example, bisphenol A (BPA), SCCP, RoHS, plasticisers / phthalates, flame retardants, SVHC
  • Testing in our accredited and recognised DEKRA laboratories in Germany and in China

We provide reliable support for your quality assurance needs, incoming goods inspections or in the event that you require a quality certificate for your customers.

Our experts will be happy to advise you.


Martti Haas

Laboratory for Environmental & Product Analysis


DEKRA Automobil GmbH

Handwerkstra├če 15

70565 Stuttgart

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