The European Union approves a new regulation for textile articles and footwear that extends the scope or reach

Last October 12th, the European Commission has published Regulation EU / 2018/1513 that adds a new entry in Annex XVII of REACH, restricting certain carcinogenic, mutagenic or with reproductive toxicity (CMR) substances in textile articles and footwear . The European Commission takes this decision to protect consumers who may be exposed to this type of CMR substances present in clothing, accessories and footwear. The new restriction -which comes into effect on November 1, 2020- will also apply to other textile articles that under reasonable and foreseeable conditions of use are in direct contact with human skin such as sheets or upholstery. Exclusive articles made exclusively of leather or natural leather, non-textile decorative fasteners and accessories, second-hand items, one-piece carpets, textile floor coverings and carpets are excluded. The new REACH entry now approved (Entry 72) establishes a list of 33 substances – which may be present in textile products or used during the manufacturing process – for which maximum limits are set. Among them are heavy metals, benzene, phthalates, arylamines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) or formaldehyde, among others.  
More info here: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513